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highlight

[hahy-lahyt] /ˈhaɪˌlaɪt/
verb (used with object), highlighted, highlighting.
1.
to emphasize or make prominent.
2.
to create highlights in (a photograph or engraving).
noun
3.
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.
4.
the area of most intense light on a represented form, as in a painting or photograph.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55, Americanism; high + light1
Related forms
highlighter, noun
Synonyms
1. stress, accent, underline, feature.
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Examples for highlights
  • 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 state.
  • The event is one of the year's highlights for those interested in science communication.
  • The four-minute video highlights the sky, in night and day, from different viewpoints around the state.
  • The stark upward curve also highlights the finding that as conflicts continue, fatal attacks grow increasingly likely.
  • The seeming disorder of calcite highlights the geometric precision of fluorite.
  • Box scores are highly detailed, but streaming video is slow and lo-res, with few highlights.
  • The apps are free to download and include free access to the editor's highlights.
  • As the report highlights, it's not necessarily faculty members receiving those benefits.
British Dictionary definitions for highlights

highlight

/ˈhaɪˌlaɪt/
noun
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 pl) a bleached blond streak in the hair
verb (transitive)
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 and History for highlights

highlight

n.

1650s, originally of paintings, "the brightest part of a subject," from high (adj.) + light (n.). The figurative sense of "outstanding feature or characteristic" is from 1855. The verb is from 1861. Hairdressing sense is 1941 (n.), 1942 (v.). Related: Highlighted; highlighting.

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