Meaning of “spotlight” in the English Dictionary

"spotlight" in British English

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spotlightnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈspɒt.laɪt/ us /ˈspɑːt.laɪt/

spotlightverb [ T ]

uk /ˈspɒt.laɪt/ us /ˈspɑːt.laɪt/ 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spotlight" in American English

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spotlightnoun [ C ]

us /ˈspɑtˌlɑɪt/

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).

spotlightverb [ T ]

us /ˈspɑt·lɑɪt/

to light someone or something with a spotlight:

fig. Special-interest groups are effective at spotlighting neglected issues (= directing attention to them).

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