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spotlight

noun [C]  /ˈspɑtˌlɑɪt/ us  
a circle of strong light that comes from a lamp whose beam can be directed: Spotlights followed the two dancers around the stage. fig. The incident brought toxic waste into the national spotlight (= directed attention to it).

spotlight

verb [T]  /ˈspɑt·lɑɪt/ us  
to light someone or something with a spotlight: fig. Special-interest groups are effective at spotlighting neglected issues (= directing attention to them).
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