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a strong, focused light thrown upon a particular spot, as on a small area of a stage or in a television studio, for making some object, person, or group especially conspicuous.
a lamp for producing such a light.
a brilliant light with a focused beam, mounted on the side of an automobile and used for illuminating objects not within range of the headlights.
the area of immediate or conspicuous public attention:
Asia is in the spotlight now.
verb (used with object), spotlighted or spotlit, spotlighting.
to direct the beam of a spotlight upon; light with a spotlight.
to make conspicuous; call attention to:
Newspapers spotlighted the story for a week.
to hunt (animals) using a spotlight in order to temporarily blind or confuse them.
verb (used without object), spotlighted or spotlit, spotlighting.
to hunt by using a spotlight.
a powerful light focused so as to illuminate a small area, usually mounted so that it can be directed at will
the spotlight, the focus of attention
verb (transitive) -lights, -lighting, -lit, -lighted
to direct a spotlight on
to focus attention on


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