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[ hahy-lahyt ]

verb (used with object)

, high·light·ed, high·light·ing.
  1. to emphasize or make prominent:

    The lawsuit against the landlord highlighted the need for a stricter building code.

    Synonyms: feature, underline, accent, stress

  2. to mark with a felt-tip highlighter:

    I started highlighting the text (yellow for important ideas, blue for dates and facts), but I'm not sure it was productive in the long run.

  3. to create highlights in (a photograph or engraving).
  4. to dye (parts of the hair) lighter.
  5. to apply makeup to (the face) in places where light would naturally hit, to create a glowing effect:

    After blending the foundation, highlight the cheekbones.


  1. Sometimes high light. an important, conspicuous, memorable, or enjoyable event, scene, part, or the like: the highlight of the concert series.

    the highlight of his talk;

    the highlight of the concert series.

  2. the area of most intense light on a represented form, as in a painting or photograph.
  3. Usually high·lights. a section of hair that has been dyed lighter.


/ ˈhaɪˌlaɪt /


  1. an area of the lightest tone in a painting, drawing, photograph, etc
  2. the most exciting or memorable part of an event or period of time
  3. often plural a bleached blond streak in the hair


  1. painting drawing photog to mark (any brightly illuminated or prominent part of a form or figure) with light tone
  2. to bring notice or emphasis to
  3. to be the highlight of
  4. to produce blond streaks in (the hair) by bleaching

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Word History and Origins

Origin of highlight1

An Americanism dating back to 1850–55; high + light 1

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Example Sentences

I’m sure there are fans or media personnel who can’t wait to go back to covering Luka Dončić triple-doubles and James Harden highlights and all that.

With the season having started at the start of August, those subscribers also get to watch 15-minute highlights of matches 24 hours after they’ve aired on broadcaster Sky Sports before they get to watch the full match a week after it has aired.

From Digiday

We detailed our process for constructing those polling averages when we released them, so I’ll just review the highlights here.

To recreate the event feeling it streamed old FA Cup games from the 1990s and 2000s once a week, supplemented with several recaps and story-focused highlights of specific players or teams.

From Digiday

Read on for highlights of what we learned from each of our panelists.

From Quartz

Their confrontation at dinner was, without a doubt, the highlight of the episode.

He is my favorite Woodstock artist, the highlight of the entire festival.

Art is something that has been a highlight at The Center since its first group show—“The Center Show”—in 1989.

It can be really good if somebody is an amazing talent right off the bat or it can highlight your flaws.

The documents also highlight the apparent complicity by secular law enforcement in keeping some of these offenders out of jail.

There has been a highlight added along the bottom of the gun just forward of the trigger guard and just below Oswald's left hand.

There is a highlight along the top of the rifle between Oswald's left hand and the point where the rifle passes his left shoulder.

On Shaneyfelt Exhibit No. 1, the highlight does not denote the top of the weapon.

There is detail present that shows other areas of the gun, the breech, above the highlight.

Yes; I mentioned that the highlight along the top from the butt to the bolt is generally similar in that it is in a straight line.


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More About Highlight

What does highlight mean?

To highlight something is to emphasize it or make it more prominent, as in Last class, the biology teacher highlighted the material we would need to know for the test.

To highlight also means to mark something on paper with a highlighter. A highlighter is a felt-tipped pen with a soft, translucent color used to mark words and images on a printed page. Many students and readers highlight passages in textbooks and other materials to help them remember the passages better.

A highlight is the best or most prominent part of something. You can often watch the highlights of a sporting event or TV show online. Your study notes might be just the highlights of your teacher’s lectures, and if you keep a journal or diary, you might only record the highlights of your day.

Example: I try to highlight the best members of a community in my stories.

Where does highlight come from?

The first records of the term highlight come from around the 1850s. It is an Americanism that combines high, meaning “strong” or “intense,” and light, meaning “something that gives illumination.”

Photography and beauty have specific meanings for highlight. In photography, a highlight is an area of intense light, used to create a desired effect. To highlight is to create such an area. In beauty, you can add highlights, or areas of lighter color, to your hair by dyeing, or highlighting, these areas. You can also add highlights to your face with the use of a makeup that will lighten the area of your face you apply it to in order to create a glowing effect. This, too, is called highlighting, and the makeup is called a highlighter.

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Highlights of sporting events and TV shows are very common online, making highlight a common word.



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Which of the following is NOT a synonym for highlight?

A. focal point
B. feature
C. dull
D. climax