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spotlight

noun [C] uk   /ˈspɒt.laɪt/ us    /ˈspɑːt-/
C2 (UK informal spot) a lamp whose beam can be directed, or a circle of light produced by such a lamp in the spotlight C2 (of a person) receiving a lot of public attention: The senator has been in the spotlight recently since the revelation of his tax frauds.

spotlight

verb [T] uk   /ˈspɒt.laɪt/ us    /ˈspɑːt-/ (spotlighted or spotlit, spotlighted or spotlit)
to light something or someone with a spotlight: The paintings in the alcove were spotlit from below. If something spotlights a particular situation, it directs public attention to it.
(Definition of spotlight from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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