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spotlightnoun [C]

 us   /ˈspɑtˌlɑɪt/
a ​circle of ​stronglight that comes from a ​lamp whose ​beam can be ​directed: Spotlights ​followed the two ​dancers around the ​stage. fig. The ​incidentbroughttoxicwaste into the ​national spotlight (= ​directedattention to it).

spotlightverb [T]

 us   /ˈspɑt·lɑɪt/
to ​light someone or something with a spotlight: fig. Special-interest ​groups are ​effective at spotlighting ​neglectedissues (= ​directingattention to them).
(Definition of spotlight from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"spotlight" in British English

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spotlightnoun [C]

uk   /ˈspɒt.laɪt/  us   /ˈspɑːt-/

spotlightverb [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 ​particularsituation, it ​directspublicattention to it.
(Definition of spotlight from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “spotlight”
in Chinese (Simplified) 聚光灯, 聚光灯照明圈…
in Turkish sahne ışığı, projektör, spot…
in Russian прожектор…
in Chinese (Traditional) 聚光燈, 聚光燈照明圈…
in Polish jupiter, reflektor…
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