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spot

noun [C] uk   /spɒt/  us   /spɑːt/

spot noun [C] (CIRCLE)

B1 a small, usually round area of colour that is differently coloured or lighter or darker than the surface around it: He had a spot of grease on his tie.B1 one of many spots, that form a pattern: I wore that skirt with the green spots.B2 UK a raised, pale red circle on the skin that is temporary: Teenagers often suffer a lot from spots. mainly UK a small amount: I felt a few spots of rain. Let's stop for a spot of lunch. I'm having a spot of bother (= some trouble) with one of my back teeth.
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spot noun [C] (PLACE)

B2 a particular place: This looks like a nice spot for a picnic.on the spot at the place where an event is happening or has recently happened: The police were called and they were on the spot within three minutes. C2 immediately: You can be sacked on the spot for stealing.
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spot noun [C] (PART OF A SHOW)

a short length of time in a show that is given to a particular performer: She's doing a regular five-minute spot on his show.

spot

verb uk   /spɒt/  us   /spɑːt/ (-tt-)

spot verb (SEE)

B2 [T] to see or notice someone or something, usually because you are looking hard: I've just spotted Mark - he's over there, near the entrance. If you spot any mistakes in the article just mark them with a pencil. [+ -ing verb] The police spotted him driving a stolen car. [+ question word] I soon spotted what was wrong with the printer. [+ that] The policewoman spotted that I hadn't got my seat belt on and signalled me to stop.well spotted UK used to praise someone who has noticed something: "I've just seen your glasses - they're under the table." "Ah, well spotted!"
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spot verb (RAIN)

[I] UK If you say it's spotting (with rain), you mean that a few drops of rain are falling.
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