Definition of highlight in English:



  • 1An outstanding part of an event or period of time.

    ‘he views that season as the highlight of his career’
    • ‘Mrs Mistry described the event as the highlight of the school calendar and said it is always well attended by parents and pupils alike.’
    • ‘They've become the highlight of my day, the phone calls from him.’
    • ‘Among the highlights of the collection are well-known Picasso paintings such as Olga Koklova with Mantilla and Jacqueline Seated.’
    • ‘A highlight of the event was a flypast by an F3 Tornado piloted by Flight Lieutenant Sally-Ann Cronin of 25 Fighter Squadron.’
    • ‘One of the highlights of the first period of the show was Bizet's Pearl Fisher's Duet, which was quite superb, given the difficulty of the piece.’
    • ‘For me, the highlight was meeting people in the industry and finding new artists.’
    • ‘Outdoor screenings of movies from all around the world are always the highlight of this annual event, and really, what could be better?’
    • ‘The highlight of this sports event will be when two teams from the local area compete with a team from Mexico and Chile.’
    • ‘One of the many highlights of that trip was a drive to and on the legendary Khyber Pass.’
    • ‘This event was probably the highlight of my year, though.’
    • ‘Reaching the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters Series event has been the highlight of his season, so far.’
    • ‘A highlight of this trip is a visit to see the Qin Terracotta Army.’
    • ‘Wimbledon is the BBC's showcase tennis tournament, one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar and, for many, the epitome of British summer.’
    • ‘This event promises to be one of the social highlights of the Christmas period.’
    • ‘I won many tournaments during the early 80s, but my equal first at the 1981 U.S. Open was the highlight for that period.’
    • ‘But the highlight of the event for the lucky youngsters allowed to stay up will be the fireworks display in the town park at 11 pm on Friday night.’
    • ‘It's been a great success and we now hope that this will now become an annual event and a highlight in the calendar of summer festivals.’
    • ‘This event is the highlight of the Christmas season at the centre.’
    • ‘Isaak Levitan's paintings are a highlight of the exhibition of Russian landscapes from the age of Tolstoy currently at the National Gallery, London.’
    • ‘This performance was supposed to be a highlight of the events celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relationships between China and France.’
    high point, high spot, best part, climax, culmination, peak, pinnacle, height, top, acme, zenith, apex, summit, apogee, apotheosis, crowning moment, high water mark, most memorable part, most outstanding feature
    main feature, focal point, focus, focus of attention, centre of interest, most interesting part, cynosure
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    1. 1.1highlights The best parts of a sporting or other event edited for broadcasting or recording.
      ‘Gary Lineker presents the highlights of today's semi-final’
      • ‘On Thursday, the 12 SPL clubs will discuss a Channel 5 bid for exclusive rights to broadcast SPL highlights for the next two seasons.’
      • ‘With even ITV later admitting that viewers preferred live games to highlights, many fans would conclude that the BBC had got the better deal.’
      • ‘Premiership football highlights return to the BBC this August, and Match of the Day will be back on BBC ONE on Saturday nights with the pick of the day's action.’
      • ‘A new four year deal secured Premier League highlights on the BBC.’
      • ‘A satellite feed of highlights from this event will be made available.’
      • ‘Television highlights will also be broadcast on BBC FOUR.’
      • ‘SMG broadcasts highlights of club and professional matches and allows the SRU to advertise free on Scottish Television.’
      • ‘It is also in discussions with broadcasters for the telecast of the highlights of the India contest.’
      • ‘Or if you can't stay awake, catch up with all the highlights on BBC ONE, evening primetime on Monday 25 March.’
      • ‘The highlights are to be broadcast on TV tomorrow night.’
      • ‘Are there any plans to screen edited highlights as UK viewers have to date only been able to watch it on satellite on WDR or the Spanish channel TVE Internacional?’
      • ‘On television, BBC FOUR will show highlights of the final on Saturday 26 February.’
      • ‘Every weekday Games Today offers viewers two opportunities to catch up with best of the day's action featuring highlights of the main events, as well as news and views from top studio guests.’
      • ‘And for those music fans lucky enough to have been there, seen it and done it, viewers can relive their T In The Park memories with BBC Scotland's festival highlights.’
      • ‘BBC Sport has confirmed its schedule to broadcast highlights of the Guinness Premiership and the Powergen Cup.’
      • ‘Earlier this year, it told The Sunday Business Post that it was in negotiations with the English Football Association to broadcast highlights of football matches.’
      • ‘The other terrific service we're offering interactive viewers is next-day highlights of action which took place in the middle of the night.’
      • ‘On World Aids Day itself partner stations in the US will broadcast edited highlights of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Concert in Cape Town.’
      • ‘BBC television and radio will be covering the highlights.’
      • ‘BBC TWO will broadcast live coverage of all England games, with comprehensive highlights of all the other seven nations' games on the nights when England are not playing.’
  • 2A bright or reflective area in a painting, picture, or design.

    • ‘The highlights on objects in Vermeer's interiors are unlikely to be solar reflections, since it seems probable he would have been painting by north light and they are thus likely to be images of the windows.’
    • ‘The handling of the paint, with its impasto highlights, has the freeness and immediacy of his earliest work, before he took a more methodical and restrained approach toward brushwork.’
    • ‘This forms a striking demonstration of that paradox of oil painting whereby the thickest impasto captures the most fleeting highlights.’
    • ‘All are placed in a monochrome field of light or dark and correspondingly given shadows or bright highlights to emphasize contrasts between figure and ground.’
    • ‘These brushes add three-dimensional depth and realism to the painting by adding highlights and shadows, which are under tight control by the user.’
    1. 2.1usually highlights A bright tint in the hair, especially one created artificially by bleaching or dyeing.
      • ‘Whether you like a vibrant punch of color like Kelly's or you prefer soft highlights, color-treated hair needs more moisture.’
      • ‘Facials, manicures, body massage, electrolysis, not to mention haircuts, highlights and perms are all on offer at a fraction of the price you'd pay at a high street salon.’
      • ‘Colorist Giselle placed golden highlights throughout Anna's hair to play up her gorgeous, olive skin tone.’
      • ‘Ask your hairdresser to suggest subtle, temporary highlights.’
      • ‘She had long, light brown hair with bright reddish-blond highlights.’
      dye, colourant, colouring, wash
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  • 1Draw special attention to.

    ‘the issues highlighted by the report’
    • ‘The report highlights persisting gender disparities, particularly in juggling the work-family balance.’
    • ‘One of the most satisfying aspects of editing the personal finance section has been highlighting problems or injustices, particularly where this has resulted in redress.’
    • ‘This list highlights the more prominent features of depression but it is not all-inclusive.’
    • ‘On September 22, I participated in a conference in Brussels highlighting the issue of asbestos.’
    • ‘The situation with primary and secondary head teachers highlights the issue once again.’
    • ‘The co-hosting of this conference highlights the continuing commitment of the two countries to combat money laundering in the region.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, this focus on Darfur only highlights the lack of attention being paid to other crises in Africa.’
    • ‘We want to focus attention on our campaign and highlight the issues which we see as very important.’
    • ‘Her case highlights the plight of thousands of other women.’
    • ‘The results of this survey highlight the fact that drug use is not confined to our major cities.’
    • ‘The meeting was held down south in a bid to highlight the party's attention to local concerns and raise publicity for its candidates in the area in the year-end elections.’
    • ‘The short campaign has only highlighted the gulf between the political establishment and ordinary people.’
    • ‘The Government's crime strategy, which has not been published, is understood to highlight the need to target bullying in schools to help combat violent crime.’
    • ‘Finally, in the concluding chapter, he highlights theoretical issues that deserve more attention in future research.’
    • ‘In my opinion this issue highlights the fact that the whole planning system needs looking at.’
    • ‘December is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, highlighting the issues surrounding childhood cancer and making the public more aware of the illness and the support offered by charities like CLIC.’
    • ‘The following sections highlight some of our findings.’
    • ‘The case again highlights the potential problems of children using the Internet.’
    • ‘Our findings highlight the importance of recognizing and addressing the psychological responses to injury.’
    • ‘The report also highlights the need to establish core quality standards in relation to the provision of long-term residential care.’
    call attention to, focus attention on, focus on, spotlight, foreground, underline, underscore, feature, point up, play up, show up, bring out, accentuate, accent, give prominence to, bring to the fore, zero in on, bring home to one, stress, emphasize, place emphasis on, give emphasis to
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    1. 1.1 Make visually prominent.
      ‘a vast backdrop with the colourful logo highlighted with lasers’
      • ‘Earlier, the new scooter was launched with a spectacular laser show which highlighted the features of the vehicle.’
      • ‘As the bunker was highlighted by the laser targeting system, Brock took a deep breath and squeezed the trigger.’
      • ‘The outdoor stage was lit by the luminescence of the lasers highlighting the magnificent Three Kingdoms Pagodas.’
      • ‘Amber flashing warning lights will highlight and draw attention to the presence of the safety zone.’
      • ‘Accent lighting can add drama by spotlighting objects or highlighting interesting aspects of a house.’
      • ‘She glanced again at the PDC, the fluorescent green screen highlighting her face as she gulped down another swig of the amber glass bottle.’
      • ‘One suggestion being made is that the horse could be highlighted by a permanent spotlight.’
      • ‘Some X-rays or CT scans might be taken, and an area on the skin is marked with ink to highlight the area to be treated.’
      call attention to, focus attention on, focus on, spotlight, foreground, underline, underscore, feature, point up, play up, show up, bring out, accentuate, accent, give prominence to, bring to the fore, zero in on, bring home to one, stress, emphasize, place emphasis on, give emphasis to
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    2. 1.2 Mark with a highlighter.
      ‘a photocopy with sections highlighted in green’
      • ‘The T + 27 profit/loss plot is highlighted in red.’
      • ‘I was highlighting sections as I went along and thought I might as well post the bits that I found worthy of the highlighter.’
      • ‘Throughout the day's testimony he moved about in his seat, at times shaking his head in disagreement or using neon pink and green markers to highlight the notes he had made.’
      • ‘The first four sections, highlighted in blue, are some of the most important.’
      • ‘I've highlighted the words that emphasis the mind and intellect.’
      • ‘She was devouring it, feverishly flipping pages and then writing things in the margins with a biro or highlighting sentences or whole paragraphs with a yellow highlighter pen.’
      • ‘Pulling a beanie over her ears, she began to highlight sections of her book, looking for information that could help with her project.’
      underscore, mark, pick out, emphasize
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  • 2Create highlights in (hair)

    ‘I've had my hair highlighted regularly for the last ten years’
    • ‘She's had her boobs done, her nails done, her hair highlighted… everything.’
    • ‘If you highlight your hair, consider asking your colorist to include or enhance touches of gold (warm blondes) that blend with your hair and skin.’
    • ‘Supposedly she'd been sick, but she'd also found the time to highlight her hair.’
    • ‘The final tip for today is if you do decide to colour or highlight your hair on a frequent basis choose a short hair style to avoid brittle dry hair with strange combinations of colour.’
    • ‘His blond hair was highlighted yet I noticed a little grey had crept in.’