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
The shapes are meant to highlight a part of deceased's life.
Your goal is to pinpoint behaviors that highlight whether a candidate has the
  necessary skills for the deanship.
But they highlight the problems that emerging markets face during periods of
  financial turmoil.
Two new studies highlight the curiosities of nature.
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