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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb highlight:


The word highlight and its family (highlighted, highlighting, highlights) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun highlight

What does highlight mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: highlights

  1. the most interesting or memorable part
    • example: the highlight of the tour was our visit to the Vatican
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • synonym of highlight: high spot
    • more generic words: detail / item / particular = a small part that can be considered separately from the whole
  2. an area of lightness in a picture
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of highlight: highlighting
    • more generic words: light / lightness = the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures

Alternative definition of the noun highlight


  1. An area or a spot in a drawing, painting, or photograph that is strongly illuminated.
  2. An especially significant or interesting detail or event.

Definition of the verb highlight

What does highlight mean as a doing word?

Highlight is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: highlighted | highlighting | highlights

  1. move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent
    • example: The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonyms of highlight: foreground / play up / spotlight
    • more generic terms: bring out / set off = direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
  2. apply a highlighter to one's cheeks or eyebrows in order to make them more prominent
    • example: highlight the area above your eyebrows
    • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
    • more generic term: make up = apply make-up or cosmetics to one's face to appear prettier


  1. "Highlight" is a musical album of Bratze.
    • released on
  2. "Highlight" is a musical album of GOGO STAR.


  1. Highlight is a social networking application for iOS and Android. The application finds nearby users and shows things they have in common with a user. The application received a large update which introduced Android support on November 20, 2012.
    • genres: Social software, Application software
    • official website:
  2. highlight a.k.a. Web annotation can be used for the following purposes:

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Highlight

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Google previewUrban and Regional Data Management (2013)

UDMS Annual 2013 by Claire Ellul, Sisi Zlatanova, Massimo Rumor, Robert Laurini

The highlight is the growth of uses such as Skype, Twitter and downloading media. Analyzing the use of mobile phones in the ...

Google previewThe Real Effects of Financial Sector Interventions During Crises (2011)

by Fabian Valencia, Mr. Luc Laeven

The first result to highlight is that our results reject the hypothesis of a frictionless ...

Google previewThe Beginner's Guide to Underwater Digital Photography (2010)

by Larry Gates

A specular highlight is a reflection from something; a clipped highlight is an overexposed area in an already bright portion of the photograph. Example of a specular highlight. control; when you opt to handhold your strobe, both of your hands ...

Google previewApplications of Geometric Algebra in Computer Science and Engineering (2012)

by Leo Dorst, Chris Doran, Joan Lasenby

The highlight is that some tremendously difficult geometric computing tasks can be finished with the Clifford bracket algebra, but not by any other pure algebraic methods when running on currently available computer systems. The following is ...

Google previewInvoking the Tooth Fairy Twice, Or how to Identify Cases of ...

Another element of the theorem that Sober and Forster highlight is that the importance of either simplicity or goodness-of-fit changes, depending on the number of data points involved. (Sober, Forster 11) They claim that, ...

Google previewNutrition and Sensation (2015)

by Alan R. Hirsch

However, what is important to highlight is that the literature on color correspondences is somewhat inconsistent ...

Google previewThe Christian Travelers Guide to Italy (2011)

by David Bershad, Caroline Mangone

The palace highlight is the Cappella Palatina, a private chapel built by Roger II between 1132 and 1140. Every surface, from the floor to the ceiling, is sumptuously decorated. The basilican-plan chapel is topped with a cupola and contains the ...

Google previewFarm Fresh Georgia (2014)

The Go-To Guide to Great Farmers' Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, U-Picks, Kids' Activities, Lodging, Dining, Dairies, Festivals, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More by Jodi Helmer

But the day's highlight is an appearance by President Jimmy Carter himself. Crowds from as far as the Midwest line up to get books autographed by the former president—who was raised in Plains and still maintains a residence there —or hear ...

Google previewAmerican Architects and Texts (1996)

A Computer-aided Analysis of the Literature by Juan Pablo Bonta

For architectural scholars and students of the mechanics of fame and influence, the highlight is a ranked list of the 100 most famous architects, headed, not surprisingly, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Further analyses pull apart the data in different ...

Google previewInternational Climate Change Law and Policy (2014)

Cultural Legitimacy in Adaptation and Mitigation by Thoko Kaime

Making the best out of the existing structures One of the problems that the country reports highlight is the lack of effective participation in the National ...

Google previewThe Religion of Law (2013)

Race, Citizenship and Children's Belonging by Suhraiya Jivraj

highlight is the different ways ...

Google previewThe Speedlight Studio (2014)

Professional Portraits with Portable Flash by Michael Mowbray

The highlight is the brightest part of the image. In portraiture, we often find highlights on the five points that comprise the mask of the face: the forehead, the bridge of the nose, the right and left cheekbones, and the chin. Highlights can be bright ...

Google previewTuscany (2000)

An Up-To-Date Travel Guide by Ulrike Bleek, Christiane Buld Campetti, Stephan Bleek

Its decorative highlight is the ornate facade with its four-story pillared gallery. From here, it isn't far to the birthplace of the opera composer Giacomo Puccini ( Tosca, La Bolieme) on Via Poggio. Also LUCCA RIVIERA DEGLI ETRUSCHI nearby, ...

Google previewThe Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (2009)

The A to Z Desktop Reference of Photoshop by Philip Andrews

Menu: Image >Adjustments > Shadow/Highlight Shortcut: – Version: CS, CS2, CS3, CS4 See also: Curves, Levels command, Brightness/Contrast A clever new feature first introduced in Photoshop CS that allows you to adjust the shadow and ...

Google previewThe Visual Dictionary of Photography (2009)

by David Prakel

H Highlight 138 Highlights are the lightest areas in an image. In a five-stop image , the highlights are considered to be the highest tonal values above the quarter- tones, mid-tones, three-quarter-tones and shadows. In some image-editing ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (2000)

Volume 69 - Supplement 32 by Allen Kent

} DEF Highlight Script { eventln SFBool isActive eventOut SFColor emissiveColor field SFColor activeColor 10 0 field SFColor inactiveColor 0 0 0 url [ ' ' javascript : function isActive (cursorValue) { if (cursorValue == true) emissiveColor ...

Google previewTo the Point: A Dictionary of Concise Writing (2014)

by Robert Hartwell Fiske

Ifyou position the highlight over the first or last choice on the menu and then press the arrow key again, the highlight wraps around to the other end ofthe menu. (the) one of delete. • In the United States, such a gesture is merely one of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Rhetoric and Composition (2013)

Communication from Ancient Times to the Information Age by Theresa Enos

Important elements are placed where they can accentuate desired mean-ing or highlight the importance of an idea. Emphasis is accomplished through several strategies, one of which is the placement or lo-cation of important information in ...

Google previewDictionary of Computer and Internet Words (2001)

An A to Z Guide to Hardware, Software, and Cyberspace

highlight. system that computers use because binary numbers can be overly long , requiring four digits for every hexadecimal digit. For example, hexadecimal C is 12 in decimal numbers and 1100 in binary. Hexadecimal was coined in the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Criminological Theory (2010)

by Francis T. Cullen, Pamela Wilcox

Both Moore and Hagedorn highlight the importance that the trappings of the underclass are not limited to black inner-city residents; rather, the same factors are faced by Latinos. James Vigil's concept of multiple marginality—that is, cultural and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Disaster Relief (2010)

by K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler

Toward a More Effective and Inclusive System Two successful cases highlight a number of issues and pose questions regarding the design and operation of EWS. The first is Andhra Pradesh, India, 1991, where meteorological warnings were ...

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Quotes about Highlight

The highlight of my career? The Olympics, of course. (Tara Lipinski)
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Scrabble value of H4I1G2H4L1I1G2H4T1

The value of this 9-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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