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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 lampin 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.
Translations of “spotlight”
in Chinese (Traditional) 聚光燈, 聚光燈照明圈…
in Russian прожектор…
in Turkish sahne ışığı, projektör, spot…
in Chinese (Simplified) 聚光灯, 聚光灯照明圈…
in Polish jupiter, reflektor…
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