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I wanted to be a ballerina so badly. You can be seen and take over the spotlight without speaking. I had a fear of speaking in public back then.
April Bowlby

Meaning of "spotlight" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SPOTLIGHT

spotlight  [ˈspɒtˌlaɪt] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SPOTLIGHT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Spotlight is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb spotlight in English.

WHAT DOES SPOTLIGHT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of spotlight in the English dictionary

The first definition of spotlight in the dictionary is a powerful light focused so as to illuminate a small area, usually mounted so that it can be directed at will. Other definition of spotlight is to direct a spotlight on. Spotlight is also to focus attention on.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO SPOTLIGHT

PRESENT

Present
I spotlight
you spotlight
he/she/it spotlights
we spotlight
you spotlight
they spotlight
Present continuous
I am spotlighting
you are spotlighting
he/she/it is spotlighting
we are spotlighting
you are spotlighting
they are spotlighting
Present perfect
I have spotlighted
you have spotlighted
he/she/it has spotlighted
we have spotlighted
you have spotlighted
they have spotlighted
Present perfect continuous
I have been spotlighting
you have been spotlighting
he/she/it has been spotlighting
we have been spotlighting
you have been spotlighting
they have been spotlighting
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I spotlighted
you spotlighted
he/she/it spotlighted
we spotlighted
you spotlighted
they spotlighted
Past continuous
I was spotlighting
you were spotlighting
he/she/it was spotlighting
we were spotlighting
you were spotlighting
they were spotlighting
Past perfect
I had spotlighted
you had spotlighted
he/she/it had spotlighted
we had spotlighted
you had spotlighted
they had spotlighted
Past perfect continuous
I had been spotlighting
you had been spotlighting
he/she/it had been spotlighting
we had been spotlighting
you had been spotlighting
they had been spotlighting
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will spotlight
you will spotlight
he/she/it will spotlight
we will spotlight
you will spotlight
they will spotlight
Future continuous
I will be spotlighting
you will be spotlighting
he/she/it will be spotlighting
we will be spotlighting
you will be spotlighting
they will be spotlighting
Future perfect
I will have spotlighted
you will have spotlighted
he/she/it will have spotlighted
we will have spotlighted
you will have spotlighted
they will have spotlighted
Future perfect continuous
I will have been spotlighting
you will have been spotlighting
he/she/it will have been spotlighting
we will have been spotlighting
you will have been spotlighting
they will have been spotlighting
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would spotlight
you would spotlight
he/she/it would spotlight
we would spotlight
you would spotlight
they would spotlight
Conditional continuous
I would be spotlighting
you would be spotlighting
he/she/it would be spotlighting
we would be spotlighting
you would be spotlighting
they would be spotlighting
Conditional perfect
I would have spotlight
you would have spotlight
he/she/it would have spotlight
we would have spotlight
you would have spotlight
they would have spotlight
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been spotlighting
you would have been spotlighting
he/she/it would have been spotlighting
we would have been spotlighting
you would have been spotlighting
they would have been spotlighting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you spotlight
we let´s spotlight
you spotlight
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to spotlight
Past participle
spotlighted
Present Participle
spotlighting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SPOTLIGHT


candlelight
ˈkændəlˌlaɪt
cellulite
ˈsɛljʊˌlaɪt
daylight
ˈdeɪˌlaɪt
downlight
ˈdaʊnˌlaɪt
electrolyte
ɪˈlɛktrəʊˌlaɪt
flashlight
ˈflæʃˌlaɪt
gaslight
ˈɡæsˌlaɪt
greenlight
ˈɡriːnˌlaɪt
headlight
ˈhɛdˌlaɪt
highlight
ˈhaɪˌlaɪt
limelight
ˈlaɪmˌlaɪt
metabolite
mɪˈtæbəˌlaɪt
moonlight
ˈmuːnˌlaɪt
satellite
ˈsætəˌlaɪt
searchlight
ˈsɜːtʃˌlaɪt
skylight
ˈskaɪˌlaɪt
socialite
ˈsəʊʃəˌlaɪt
starlight
ˈstɑːˌlaɪt
streetlight
ˈstriːtˌlaɪt
twilight
ˈtwaɪˌlaɪt

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SPOTLIGHT

spot rate
spot remover
spot survey
spot-check
spot-on
spot-weld
spot-welder
spotless
spotlessly
spotlessness
spotlit
spottable
spotted
spotted crake
spotted dick
spotted dog
spotted fever
spotted flycatcher
spotted gum
spotted hyena

WORDS THAT END LIKE SPOTLIGHT

back-up light
backlight
bright
come to light
delight
flight
green light
in-flight
in mid-flight
light
plight
put to flight
red light
slight
sunlight
tail-light
the spotlight
torchlight
ultralight
Very light
white light

Synonyms and antonyms of spotlight in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SPOTLIGHT»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «spotlight» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of spotlight

Translation of «spotlight» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SPOTLIGHT

Find out the translation of spotlight to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of spotlight from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «spotlight» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

聚光灯
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

foco
570 millions of speakers

English

spotlight
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

स्पॉटलाइट
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

ضُوءٌ كَشَّاف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

луч прожектора
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

holofote
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

স্পটলাইট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

spot
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Perhatian
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Scheinwerfer
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

スポットライト
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

스포트라이트
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sinetron
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đèn pha
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தனிக்கவனம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

स्पॉटलाइट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

spot
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

riflettore
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

reflektor punktowy
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

прожектор
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

reflector
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

προβολέας
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

kollig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

strålkastare
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

rampelys
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of spotlight

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SPOTLIGHT»

The term «spotlight» is very widely used and occupies the 2.738 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SPOTLIGHT» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about spotlight

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10 QUOTES WITH «SPOTLIGHT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word spotlight.
1
Rick Astley
My success set me up for life, and it meant that I could retire from the music industry at 27 to spend time with my newborn daughter and my wife. My time away from the spotlight allowed me to rediscover my love for music, and I'm doing it for me now and no one else.
2
Katy B
The first time I went out under the spotlight, I was proper freaked out.
3
Julian Baggini
Untested assumptions and lazy habits of thought can be shown up, once put in a spotlight of a different hue.
4
Phyllis Battelle
A reporter discovers, in the course of many years of interviewing celebrities, that most actors are more attractive behind a spotlight than over a spot of tea.
5
James Bay
I love the intimate, single spotlight, troubadour-y quiet, delicate moments. But I also love Springsteen and screaming and shouting.
6
Alex Berenson
At any moment, one company stands in the spotlight of the middle ring in the stock market's never-ending circus. It may not be the biggest corporation in the world, or the most profitable, but somehow it both mirrors and leads the market's broader action.
7
Big Boi
I'm about making music and spending time with my family. I've been in the spotlight so long that I'm looking for something different.
8
April Bowlby
I wanted to be a ballerina so badly. You can be seen and take over the spotlight without speaking. I had a fear of speaking in public back then.
9
John Bradshaw
Ego is to the true self what a flashlight is to a spotlight.
10
Adam Braun
When you have a celebrity who is willing to shine his personal spotlight on the non-profit and can also speak articulately about the mission, that's really the best of both worlds.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SPOTLIGHT»

Discover the use of spotlight in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to spotlight and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
In the Spotlight: Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking and ...
'In The Spotlight is a dynamic workbook for the anxious presenter or performer! Short, easy-to-understand chapters with succinct summaries and powerful action steps, make this book a must-read!
Janet Esposito, 2008
2
Spotlight
Five separate adventures star Autobots and Decepticons in their ongoing struggle against one another.
Simon Furman, Stuart Moore, 2008
3
Spotlight
A finalist in HBO's New Writer's Workshop and a Second Place winner at American College Theatre Festival, Spotlight is a fast-paced comedy about the desperate drive to succeed, and delusions that get in the way.
Buddy Thomas, 2010
4
Spotlight Science: 9
This Spotlight Science Framework Edition student book is open and accessible to students of all abilities with a clear, imaginative and colourful presentation to enhance learning and motivation.
‎2004
5
Spotlight Science: Assessment Resource Bank
This resource has a full marking scheme, with an indication of thresholds to help you arrive at a particular level for each test.
Keith Johnson, Sue Adamson, Gareth Williams, 2002
6
Spotlight on the USA
With 'Spotlight on the USA', you'll learn about culture, history, and everyday life in the United States. This book takes you from the wilderness of Alaska to the sunshine of Key West, from Elvis to the Alamo.
Randee Falk, 1993
7
Project Manager's Spotlight on Risk Management
This book is a quick and practical guide to applying the disciplines of proven risk management practices without the rigor of complex processes.
Kim Heldman, 2010
8
Spotlight Striker
As the Strikers big game against the best soccer team in the state approaches, their best scorer, Carlos Ramirez, becomes nervous when he finds out that his uncle, a professional soccer player in Mexico, will be watching the game.
Blake A. Hoena, 2010
9
Princess in the Spotlight
Just when Mia thinks life will be back to normal (as normal as life can get for the Princess of Genovia), her indomitable "grandmere" schedules a national TV interview for Mia and her mother is having her algebra teacher's baby.
Meg Cabot, 2002
10
Maths Spotlight: Year 5 Pupil Book
Each of the Pupil Books provides challenging activities for the main teaching session: * Includes investigational activities, open-ended tasks, puzzles and games. * Easy-to-manage activities requiring minimal supervision. * Your pupils can ...
Griffiths, Broadben, 2002

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SPOTLIGHT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term spotlight is used in the context of the following news items.
1
First Trailer for Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo's Catholic Sex Scandal …
Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo won't be silenced in the first intense trailer for their Catholic sex scandal drama “Spotlight.” The film from director/co-writer Tom ... «Variety, Jul 15»
2
Google's immersive Spotlight Stories arrive on the iPhone and iPad
The Spotlight Stories app began launching widely on Android in May, after initially being locked to Motorola devices. Google also plans on bringing the shorts to ... «The Verge, Jul 15»
3
Jenner spotlights suicide by transgender Bloomfield boy
Just days ago, the story of Sam Taub's suicide had been largely unknown. The West Bloomfield High School freshman had killed himself at his father's home in ... «Detroit Free Press, Jul 15»
4
Apple's Spotlight gets natural language search
James Martin/CNET. Apple announced Monday that its Spotlight search feature will now be able to interpret natural language speech on its desktop computers. «CNET, Jun 15»
5
With The Spotlight Gone, Omaha's Music Scene Grows
As it often does, the spotlight has flickered elsewhere in the search of what's next. But Omaha's music scene is still going strong: there are a number of new ... «NPR, Jun 15»
6
Chris Joyner's Journey From Sideman To Spotlight
Next time you go see a concert with a famous singer hogging the spotlight, take a moment to consider all the other musicians playing behind that person. «NPR, May 15»
7
Google's incredible, immersive Spotlight Stories are coming to …
Google is expanding its Spotlight Stories program in a big way at I/O this year, taking the short films beyond Motorola phones and toward the Android ecosystem ... «The Verge, May 15»
8
Report: Apple's Smarter iOS Spotlight Will Challenge Google Now
According to a report from 9to5Mac's reliably-sourced Mark Gurman, the improved personal assistant tech will be an upgrade to the iPhone's humble Spotlight ... «Forbes, May 15»
9
Google Spotlight Stories makes its way to the Play Store with …
Back when Motorola's Moto X first launched, we got our first taste of the Motorola Spotlight Player app – an immersive application built by ATAP engineers that ... «Android Authority, May 15»
10
Rihanna's 25 kg Met dress thrusts Chinese designer Guo Pei into …
Guo says she is now getting used to being in the spotlight. "I have no requirement to gain a certain level of fame," she said. "I just want to do really beautiful ... «Reuters, May 15»

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