Meaning of “highlight” in the English Dictionary

"highlight" in British English

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highlightverb [ T ]

uk /ˈhaɪ.laɪt/ us /ˈhaɪ.laɪt/

B2 to attract attention to or emphasize something important:

The report highlights the need for improved safety.
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  • The Republicans were quick to highlight the Democrats' proposed tax increases in their campaign literature.
  • He took a gun through baggage control to highlight the lax security.
  • The moon highlighted the shadowy forms of the hills.
  • The accident highlights the need for new safety measures.
  • The documentary highlighted systematic failings within the department.

highlightnoun

uk /ˈhaɪ.laɪt/ us /ˈhaɪ.laɪt/

(Definition of “highlight” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"highlight" in American English

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highlightnoun

us /ˈhɑɪˌlɑɪt/

highlight noun (BEST PART)

[ C ] the best, most important, or most interesting part:

The highlight of our trip to New York was going to the top of the Empire State Building.

highlight noun (BRIGHT AREA)

[ C usually pl ] a bright or lighter-colored area on the surface of something, esp. on a painting

highlightverb [ T ]

us /ˈhɑɪˌlɑɪt/

highlight verb [ T ] (EMPHASIZE)

to attract attention to or emphasize something important:

The report highlights the need for increased funding.

(Definition of “highlight” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"highlight" in Business English

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highlightverb [ T ]

uk /ˈhaɪlaɪt/ us

to attract attention to something important or to emphasize it:

highlight concerns/problems/risks The study highlighted rural problems such as falling farm incomes and development pressures.
highlight the fact that sth She highlighted the fact that growing numbers of people are looking for their money to be invested in a more socially responsible way.
highlight the need for sth Intimidation attacks by both sides yesterday highlighted the need for peace.

to mark text on paper or a computer screen with a colour to emphasize it:

Immediately after the meeting it's helpful to highlight important points in your notes.

highlightnoun

uk /ˈhaɪlaɪt/ us

[ C ] the best or most interesting part of something:

the highlight of sth What has been the highlight of your career and what has been the low point?

[ C, usually plural ] the most important detail or information in a document, etc.:

highlights from sth The following are highlights from the agreement struck between the airline and the Air Line Pilots Association.

(Definition of “highlight” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)