verb (used with object), highlighted, highlighting.
to emphasize or make prominent.
to create highlights in (a photograph or engraving).
Also, high light. an important, conspicuous, memorable, or enjoyable event, scene, part, or the like: the highlight of his talk; the highlight of the concert series.
the area of most intense light on a represented form, as in a painting or photograph.

1850–55, Americanism; high + light1

highlighter, noun

1. stress, accent, underline, feature.
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highlight (ˈhaɪˌlaɪt)
1.  an area of the lightest tone in a painting, drawing, photograph, etc
2.  the most exciting or memorable part of an event or period of time
3.  (often plural) a bleached blond streak in the hair
4.  painting, drawing, photog to mark (any brightly illuminated or prominent part of a form or figure) with light tone
5.  to bring notice or emphasis to
6.  to be the highlight of
7.  to produce blond streaks in (the hair) by bleaching

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Word Origin & History

1658, originally of paintings, "the brightest part of a subject;" fig. sense of "outstanding feature or characteristic" is from 1855; the verb is from 1934.
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Example sentences
Roger's demonstration gardens offer great ideas to take home, including a
  planting that highlights agaves.
The white subway tile backsplash in the remodeled kitchen highlights the warmth
  of the new wood cabinets.
It highlights both the day and night skies at several viewpoints around the
The event is one of the year's highlights for those interested in science
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