- a strong, focused light thrown upon a particular spot, as on a small area of a stage or in a television studio, for making some object, person, or group especially conspicuous.
- a lamp for producing such a light.
- a brilliant light with a focused beam, mounted on the side of an automobile and used for illuminating objects not within range of the headlights.
- the area of immediate or conspicuous public attention: Asia is in the spotlight now.
- to direct the beam of a spotlight upon; light with a spotlight.
- to make conspicuous; call attention to: Newspapers spotlighted the story for a week.
- to hunt (animals) using a spotlight in order to temporarily blind or confuse them.
- to hunt by using a spotlight.
Origin of spotlight
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Examples from the Web for spotlight
Fumes filled the arena, engines revved, and the beastly vehicles made their way out on to the spotlight.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
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She had all the pressure of people in the spotlight and was unbelievably rigorous about keeping it real.Can Condon's Freak Show Win Broadway?
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In this age of selfies, the president had chosen someone who never seeks the spotlight and lets her work speak for itself.For Next AG, Obama Picks a Quiet Fighter With a Heavy Punch
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Dredging up the Wichita Massacre puts the two justices who were part of the 6-to-1 majority ruling in the spotlight.And Here Come 2014’s Willie Hortons
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Because they knew even as they succeeded in hogging the spotlight people were snickering at them.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
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They had a spotlight on one of the cars which they kept moving in wide circles.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
She was standing in a spotlight, Forrester thought at first.Pagan Passions
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The Swami made a determined effort to recapture the spotlight.Sense from Thought Divide
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To go down at this point was simply to spotlight his presence for any Throg on his trail.Storm Over Warlock
At least, it would put Frank Corson, unknown intern, into the spotlight for a while.Ten From Infinity
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- a powerful light focused so as to illuminate a small area, usually mounted so that it can be directed at will
- the spotlight the focus of attention
- to direct a spotlight on
- to focus attention on
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Word Origin and History for spotlight
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Idioms and Phrases with spotlight
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