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spotlight

[ spot-lahyt ]
/ ˈspɒtˌlaɪt /
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noun

verb (used with object), spot·light·ed or spot·lit, spot·light·ing.

verb (used without object), spot·light·ed or spot·lit, spot·light·ing.

to hunt by using a spotlight.

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Origin of spotlight

First recorded in 1910–15; spot + light1

OTHER WORDS FROM spotlight

spotlighter, nounun·spot·light·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spotlight

spotlight
/ (ˈspɒtˌlaɪt) /

noun

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

verb -lights, -lighting, -lit or -lighted (tr)

to direct a spotlight on
to focus attention on
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Idioms and Phrases with spotlight

spotlight

see in the limelight (spotlight); steal the show (spotlight).

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