I UK [ˈhaɪˌlaɪt] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "highlight":
present tense I/you/we/they highlight he/she/it highlights present participle highlighting past tense highlighted past participle highlighted
1) to describe something in a way that makes people notice it and think about it

The case highlights the need for adequate controls on such experiments.

highlight a problem/danger/difficulty:

The incident has served to highlight the problems of urban deprivation.

highlight someone's plight (= make people realize that someone is in a very bad situation):

a campaign aimed at highlighting the plight of Rio's street children

Nouns frequently used as objects of highlight
▪  danger, difference, difficulty, fact, importance, issue, need, plight, problem, weakness
2) to make something easier to see or notice

Using contrasting colours will highlight the shape and dimensions of your room.

a) to mark words on paper with a highlighter
b) to mark a word, picture, file etc on a computer screen, usually before changing it or copying it
4) to make parts of your hair a lighter colour by putting a chemical substance on them

II UK [ˈhaɪˌlaɪt] / US noun
Word forms "highlight":
singular highlight plural highlights
1) [countable, usually singular] the most exciting, impressive, or interesting part of an event

Other festival highlights include a new children's opera by Christopher Brown.

highlight of:

The highlight of the trip was visiting the Great Wall of China.

a) humorous used about something that is not very exciting at all

Spilling my coffee was the main highlight of the day.

b) highlights
[plural] the most interesting or exciting parts of something such as a sports match that are broadcast on television after it has finished

I like to watch the highlights of the day's tennis.

2) highlights
[plural] pieces of hair that are a lighter colour than the rest

a girl with blonde highlights

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