American English

Definition of spot verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they spot
    he / she / it spots
    past simple spotted
    -ing form spotting
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses) to see or notice a person or thing, especially suddenly or when it is not easy to do so spot somebody/something I finally spotted my friend in the crowd. I just spotted a mistake on the front cover. Can you spot the difference between these two pictures? Her modeling career began when she was spotted at the age of 14. Spotting the disease early can save lives. spot somebody/something doing something neighbors spotted smoke coming out of the house. spot that… No one spotted that the gun was a fake. spot what, where, etc… I soon spotted what the mistake was. see also spotter, see
  2. 2spot somebody/something sth (sport) to give your opponent or the other team an advantage We spotted the opposing team two goals.
  3. Idioms
    be spotted with something
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    to be covered with small round marks of something His shirt was spotted with oil.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spot