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spotlight

From Wiktionary

Word parts[change]

spot + light

Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
spotlight

Plural
spotlights

A spotlight
  1. (countable) A spotlight is a bright lamp which shines a directional, focused beam of light.
    1. (countable) The circle of light that a spotlight makes is also called a spotlight.
  2. (countable) (figurative) The spotlight is the center of attention, the most important part of something.
    Some people enjoy the spotlight.

Verb[change]

Plain form
spotlight

Third-person singular
spotlights

Past tense
spotlighted

Past participle
spotlighted

Present participle
spotlighting

  1. (transitive) If you spotlight something, you illuminate it with a spotlight.
  2. (transitive) (figurative) To draw attention to.
    On the news, they spotlighted the issue of drug use.
  3. (transitive) (hunting) Spotlighting is a technique for hunting at night. One person holds a flashlight and illuminates an animal, then another person shoots it.