Meaning of highlight


If you missed the big game, don’t worry — you can still catch the highlights on the news. A highlight is the most important or memorable part of something.

If you don’t have time to listen to your friend’s long, involved story, you might say, “Just give me the highlights.” Highlight can also mean “a lightness or a bright area.” If someone puts highlights in their hair, they are adding bright streaks to their hair. When used as a verb, highlight means “to emphasize.” You may want to highlight the best grades on a report card while downplaying the lesser ones.

Definitions of highlight
  1. noun

    an area of lightness in a picture



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    type of:

    light, lightness

    the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures

  2. noun

    the most interesting or memorable part

    highlight of the tour was our visit to the Vatican”

    high spot

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    type of:

    detail, item, particular

    a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

  3. verb

    apply a highlighter to one’s cheeks or eyebrows in order to make them more prominent

    highlight the area above your eyebrows”
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    type of:

    make up

    apply make-up or cosmetics to one’s face to appear prettier

  4. verb

    move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

    “The introduction
    highlighted the speaker’s distinguished career in linguistics”

    foreground, play up, spotlight

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    background, downplay, play down

    understate the importance or quality of
    type of:

    bring out, set off

    direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

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