spotlight

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From spot +‎ light

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  • Hyphenation: spot‧light

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spotlight ‎(plural spotlights)

  1. A bright, directional light or lamp, especially one used to illuminate the focus or center of attention on a stage.
  2. The circle of light shed by a spotlight.
  3. The center of attention; the highlight or most important part.
    Some people enjoy the spotlight.

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spotlight ‎(third-person singular simple present spotlights, present participle spotlighting, simple past and past participle spotlighted or spotlit)

  1. (transitive) To illuminate with a spotlight.
    We spotlight the star, but the supporting cast has all the great lines in this scene.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To draw attention to.
    The news series served to spotlight corruption.

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