AskDefine | Define spotlight

Dictionary Definition



1 a focus of public attention; "he enjoyed being in the limelight"; "when Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency" [syn: limelight, glare, public eye]
2 a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer [syn: spot]


1 move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent; "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics" [syn: foreground, highlight, play up] [ant: background, background]
2 illuminate with a spotlight, as in the theater [also: spotlit]

User Contributed Dictionary



spot + light


  1. a bright, directional light or lamp, especially one used to illuminate the focus or center of attention on a stage
  2. the circle of light shed by a spotlight
  3. the center of attention; the highlight or most important part
    Some people enjoy the spotlight.


a bright lamp, especially one used to illuminate the center of attention on a stage
  • Hungarian: reflektor
the circle of light shed by a spotlight
  • Hungarian: reflektorfény
the center of attention; the highlight or most important part


  1. To illuminate with a spotlight.
    We spotlight the star, but the supporting cast has all the great lines in this scene.
  2. To draw attention to.
    The news series served to spotlight corruption.

Extensive Definition

Spotlight can refer to at least three types of lighting:
In the media, 'Spotlight can refer to:
Spotlight is also a trademark for
spotlight in German: Spotlight
spotlight in Japanese: スポットライト
spotlight in Swedish: Spotlight

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