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Definition of spotlight noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(informal spot) [countable] a light with a single, very bright beam that can be directed at a particular place or person The room was lit by spotlights.
  2. 2the spotlight [uncountable] the area of light that is made by a spotlight She stood alone on stage in the spotlight.
  3. 3the spotlight [uncountable] attention from newspapers, television, and the public Unemployment is once again in the spotlight. The issue will come under the spotlight when congress reconvenes. The report has turned the spotlight on the startling rise in street crime. She was happy to share the spotlight with her sister.
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