Date: 1100-1200
Origin: Perhaps from Middle Dutch spotte


1 noun
spot1 S2 W2 [countable]


a particular place or area, especially a pleasant place where you spend time:
a nice quiet spot on the beach
I chose a spot well away from the road.
in a spot
a small cottage in an idyllic spot
on a spot
Why do they want to build a house on this particular spot?
the exact/same/very spot
the exact spot where the king was executed
spot for
an ideal spot for a picnic


a usually round area on a surface that is a different colour or is rougher, smoother etc than the rest [= patch]:
a white cat with brown spots
spot of
Two spots of colour appeared in Jill's cheeks.


a small mark on something, especially one that is made by a liquid:
There was a big damp spot on the wall.
spot of
a few spots of blood

on skin

a) a small round red area on someone's skin that shows that they are ill:
He had a high fever and was covered in spots.
b) British English a small raised red mark on someone's skin, especially on their face [= pimple]:
Becka was very self-conscious about her spots.

on the spot

a) if you do something on the spot, you do it immediately, often without thinking about it very carefully [↪ on-the-spot]:
He had to make a decision on the spot.
b) if you are on the spot, you are in the place where something is happening:
We ought to find out the views of the people on the spot.
c) British English if you walk, run, or jump on the spot, you do it staying in the same place, without moving around [= in place American English]
If running outside doesn't appeal, try jogging on the spot indoors.

put somebody on the spot

to deliberately ask someone a question that is difficult or embarrassing to answer


AMT a short period of time when someone can speak or perform on radio or television:
He was given a 30-second spot just after the news.
a guest spot on the Tonight Show


a position in a list of things or in a competition:
The budget has a regular spot on the agenda.
in a spot
Manchester United are still in the top spot after today's win.

weak spot

a) a point at which someone or something is not very good:
I carried on with my questions, sensing a weak spot in his story.
b) American English if someone has a weak spot for something, they like it very much:
I've always had a weak spot for chocolate.

tight spot

informal a difficult situation:
This puts the chairman in a very tight spot.
I hope you can help get me out of a tight spot.

bright spot

something that is good in a bad situation:
The computer industry is the one bright spot in the economy at the moment.
The only bright spot of the evening was when the food arrived.

a spot of something

British English informal a small amount of something:
Do you fancy a spot of lunch?
I've been having a spot of bother (=some problems) with my car.

spots of rain

British EnglishHEM a few drops of rain:
A few spots of rain began to fall.

five-spot/ten-spot etc

American English spokenPEC a piece of paper money worth five dollars, ten dollars etc
beauty spot, blackspot, blind spot

; ➔ change your spots

at change1 (16), G-spot

; ➔ high point/spot

at high1 (12)

; ➔ hit the spot

at hit1 (28), hot spot

; ➔ knock spots off

at knock1 (19)

; ➔ be rooted to the spot

at root2 (5)

; ➔ have a soft spot for somebody

at soft (16), trouble spot


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