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Definition of highlight verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they highlight
    he / she / it highlights
    past simple highlighted
    -ing form highlighting
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  1. 1highlight something to emphasize something, especially so that people give it more attention The report highlights the major problems facing society today. Language Bankemphasishighlighting an important point This case emphasizes/highlights the importance of honest communication between managers and employees. Effective communication skills are essential/crucial/vital. It should be noted that this study considers only verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is not dealt with here. It is important to remember that/An important point to remember is that non-verbal communication plays a key role in getting your message across. Communication is not only about the words you use but also your body language and, especially/above all, how effectively you listen. I would like to draw attention to the role of listening in effective communication. Choose your words carefully:in particular, avoid confusing and ambiguous language. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you must learn to listen as well as to speak.
  2. 2highlight something to mark part of a text with a special colored pen, or to mark an area on a computer screen, to emphasize it or make it easier to see I've highlighted the important passages in yellow. Highlight the section that you want to delete.
  3. 3highlight something to make some parts of your hair a lighter color than the rest by using a chemical substance on them I'm having my hair highlighted. The shampoo is ideal for permed or highlighted hair.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: highlight

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