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Definition of highlight verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

        

    highlight

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪlaɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪlaɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they highlight
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪlaɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪlaɪt//
     
    he / she / it highlights
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪlaɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪlaɪts//
     
    past simple highlighted
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪlaɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪlaɪtɪd//
     
    past participle highlighted
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪlaɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪlaɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form highlighting
    BrE BrE//ˈhaɪlaɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhaɪlaɪtɪŋ//
     
    Describing hair, Styling hair
     
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  1. 1  highlight 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, the effectiveness with which 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 coloured 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 colour 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 related entries: Describing hair, Styling hair
  4. Extra examples The incident has sadly only served to highlight the differences within the party. The talks merely highlighted the great gulf between the two sides. I’ve highlighted the important passages in yellow. She’s had blond highlights put into her hair. shampoo for coloured or highlighted hair He highlighted the case of Harry Farr, 25, who was executed for cowardice in 1916. The earthquake highlighted the vulnerability of elevated highways. The needs of these children were dramatically highlighted by the Child Poverty Action Group. The peace talks merely highlighted the great gulf in understanding between the two sides. These figures clearly highlight the difference in world living standards.
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