spotted

adjective
spot·​ted | \ ˈspä-təd How to pronounce spotted (audio) \

Definition of spotted

1 : marked with spots
2 : being sullied : tarnished
3 : characterized by the appearance of spots

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Examples of spotted in a Sentence

the spotted tablecloth clashed with the stripes on the wallpaper not surprisingly, the white cow and black bull had a spotted calf
Recent Examples on the Web Captain Chris Jackson reports spy baiting is the way to go for large spotted bass at Lewis Smith Lake, with many fish hanging at 60 feet and more. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report," 19 June 2020 Days after their first sighting, they're spotted holding hands. Andrea Wurzburger, PEOPLE.com, "Baby Makes 3! Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik's Relationship History From VOGUE Covers to Parenthood," 30 Apr. 2020 Things really became official when the two were spotted holding hands during Kevin Hart's closing monologue in December of that year. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Story Behind How 'Saturday Night Live' Writer Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson Really Met," 1 Mar. 2020 The spotted bass bite is fair on jigs and shaky heads in the smaller feeders as well as around the bridge pilings on all the larger bridges—a light jig head with 4-inch shad-type swimmer tail will connect. Frank Sargeant, al, "Friday Fishing Report: Heavy rains make fishing difficult for anglers," 21 Feb. 2020 And among agricultural researchers, gene drives have been floated as a strategy for combating invasive crop pests, like the spotted-wing fruit fly, without pesticides. Jennifer Kahn, New York Times, "The Gene Drive Dilemma: We Can Alter Entire Species, but Should We?," 8 Jan. 2020 The highly contagious disease was characterised by fever and a spotted skin rash. Namrata Ganneri, Quartz India, "The unsung women who helped eradicate smallpox from India," 28 Nov. 2019 The specific location of the spotted ads around Philadelphia further narrowed possibilities. 2. Jacob Feldman, SI.com, "Mystery: Who Bought Those ‘Zeke Who?’ Billboards in Philadelphia?," 29 Aug. 2019 Holmes and Foxx are spotted holding hands on a rare public outing. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx’s Rumored Relationship," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of spotted

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Jul 2020

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“Spotted.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spotted. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for spotted

spotted

adjective
How to pronounce spotted (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spotted

: marked with spots

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