spot

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Singular
spot

Plural
spots

Spots on a piece of paper
  1. (countable) A spot is a small area that's different from that area around it.
    I have a bald spot on my head.
    I rubbed a sore spot on my shoulder.
    The paper had a spot of dried blood.
    The room was in darkness except for one bright spot.
    Choose fruit with no soft brown spots.
    She looked at the dark spots one her otherwise clean white pants.
  2. (countable) A spot is a place, position, or period of time.
    "There... " I said, pointing to a spot near Forest Hills.
    China is a hot spot for trouble.
    Most parties have hot and cold spots.
    Winning the game was one bright spot in an otherwise terrible season.
    She backed out of my parking spot, drove away.
    He climbed out of the car on the exact spot where they picked him up.
    I'm really in a tight spot... Maybe you could help me out.
    It's easier to get over the rough spots if you have family.
    This year has had it's trouble spots.
    Money is such a sore spot for people who are married.
    When driving behind trucks, stay out of their blind spot.
    There are some weak spots in the movie, but overall it's quite good.
    She also had a soft spot in her heart for animals.
    The ball has to hit the bat on the sweet spot.
  3. (countable) A spot is a place, especially one that you like going to.
    Pizza and seared halibut are among the excellent dishes at this Wine Country hot spot.
    Weber County is a hugely popular vacation spot.
    The Mall of America is my favorite shopping spot.
    How far until a good fishing spot?
    The kitchen is the prime gathering spot.
  4. (countable) A spot is a place in a group.
    A 42-35 victory that gave the Spartans a playoff spot.
    You still have to earn your spot on the team.
  5. (countable) A spot is a commercial time on TV or Radio.
    This year, Fox is asking $2.7 million per 30-second spot, and advertisers are lined up for the opportunity.
  6. (countable); (British) A spot of something is a small amount of it.
    Would you like a spot of tea?
    Looks like we're in for a spot of rain.

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Plain form
spot

Third-person singular
spots

Past tense
spotted

Past participle
spotted

Present participle
spotting

This man is spotting the weightlifter as he is doing a bench press
  1. (transitive) If you spot something, you see it, even though it may be difficult to see.
    I spotted Lisa shopping at the grocery store with Mike yesterday.
    Good binoculars and spotting scopes can bring you close to the birds without disturbing them.
    It's much easier to spot a boat in the water than a person.
  2. (transitive & intransitive) If something is spotted, it has or gets spots on it.
    Oh no! That red wine spotted my new shirt!
    He was wearing a light suit spotted with rain.
  3. (transitive) If you spot someone money, you give or lend it to them.
    Can you spot me a five for the burger?
  4. (transitive), (sports) If you spot someone points in a game, you let them have points to make the game more even.
  5. (sports) If your spot someone doing something dangerous, you watch closely to help if needed.
    I can't do a cartwheel unless someone spots me.
    For safety reasons, you should always have someone spot you while lifting weights.

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