- 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 spotlit
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Behind the curtain, it was dim and spotlit, almost identical to Florida, and half a dozen vehicles waited.Makers
- 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 spotlit
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Idioms and Phrases with spotlit
see in the limelight (spotlight); steal the show (spotlight).
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