AskDefine | Define highlight

Dictionary Definition



1 the most interesting or memorable part; "the highlight of the tour was our visit to the Vatican" [syn: high spot]
2 an area of lightness in a picture [syn: highlighting] v : move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent; "The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics" [syn: foreground, spotlight, play up] [ant: background, background]

User Contributed Dictionary



high + light



  1. An area or a spot in a drawing, painting, or photograph that is strongly illuminated.
  2. An especially significant or interesting detail or event.


strongly illuminated area in a drawing, painting, or photograph
especially significant or interesting detail or event


  1. : To make prominent; emphasize.
  2. : To be a highlight of.
  3. : To mark (important passages of text) with a usually fluorescent marker as a means of memory retention or for later reference.


to make prominent
to be a highlight of
to mark with a fluorescent marker

Extensive Definition

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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