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"spot" in British English

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spotnoun [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.

spotverb

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

"spot" in American English

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spotnoun [C]

us   /spɑt/
  • spot noun [C] (MARK)

a mark, usually round, that is different esp. in color from the area around it: You got a spot on your new blouse.
esp. CdnBr A spot is a pimple.
  • spot noun [C] (PLACE)

a particular place: a vacation spot Our cat has a favorite spot where he loves to sleep.
A spot is also a job in a particular organization or a position within a group, esp. in sports: When Sain was injured, they asked me to fill his spot.
  • spot noun [C] (BROADCAST)

a period of time during which a broadcast takes place: NBC put the show on in the 7 p.m. spot.
A spot is also an advertisement: a 30-second spot

spotverb [T]

us   /spɑt/ -tt-
  • spot verb [T] (SEE)

to see or notice someone or something: Darryl spotted a woodpecker high on the tree.
(Definition of spot from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"spot" in Business English

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spotnoun [C]

uk   /spɒt/ us  
MARKETING a television or radio advertisement: a radio/television spot We are planning a series of radio spots during the afternoon commute.
MARKETING a period of time during which a radio or television advertisement is broadcast: The firm bought a 30-second spot during prime time every evening.

spotadjective [before noun]

uk   /spɒt/ us  
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to be delivered immediately, rather than in the future: Spot trades are executed immediately at the prevailing exchange rate.
(Definition of spot from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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