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Definition of highlight verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

        

    highlight

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈhaɪlaɪt//
     
    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. 3 highlight 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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