spotspot1 /spɒt $ spɑːt/ ●●●S2W2 noun [countable]1placePLACEAREA a particular place or area, especially a pleasant place where you spend timea nice quiet spot on the beachI chose a spot well away from the road.in a spota small cottage in an idyllic spoton a spotWhy do they want to build a house on this particular spot?the exact/same/very spotthe exact spot where the king was executedspot foran ideal spot for a picnic► see thesaurus at place2area a usually round area on a surface that is a different colour or is rougher, smoother etc than the rest syn patcha white cat with brown spotsspot ofTwo spots of colour appeared in Jill’s cheeks.3markAREA a small mark on something, especially one that is made by a liquidThere was a big damp spot on the wall.spot ofa few spots of blood4on skina)a small round red area on someone’s skin that shows that they are illHe 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 syn pimpleBecka was very self-conscious about her spots.5 →on the spot6 →put somebody on the spot7tv/radioAMT a short period of time when someone can speak or perform on radio or televisionHe was given a 30-second spot just after the news.a guest spot on ‘The Tonight Show’8positionPOSITION/RANK a position in a list of things or in a competitionThe budget has a regular spot on the agenda.in a spotManchester United are still in the top spot after today’s win.9 →weak spot10 →tight spot11 →bright spot12 →a spot of something13 →spots of rain14 →five-spot/ten-spot etc →beauty spot, blackspot, blind spot, → change your spotsat change1(16), → G-spot, → high point/spotat high1(12), → hit the spotat hit1(28), → hot spot, → knock spots offat knock1(19), → be rooted to the spotat root2(5), → have a soft spot for somebodyat soft(16), → trouble spot
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spot• Oh no, I've got a spot on my new shirt!• Gabel's wins earned him a spot on the Olympic team.• He had a baldspot, under a straggle of brown hair, and a ratty Fu Manchu moustache.• He has a bald spot on the top of his head.• But even Hymes has his blindspots.• Our cat is covered with big brown spots.• And after James Brooks dropped out of the directing spot, Ted Demme jumped in.• The museum sits on the exactspot where gold was first discovered.• The essay is good, but a few spots still need some work.• Detectives found a few spots of blood on the carpet.• This looks like a good spot to stop and rest.• Do you mind cleaning the greasespots behind the stove?• grease spots• There are biketrails to the highest spot on the island, which has magnificent views of San Francisco.• Supporterscontend that SlaughterhouseCanyon is an idealspot.• The letter was covered in small inkspots, as though his hand had been shaking as he wrote it.• It took me about twenty minutes to find a parking spot.• It looked like a perfectspot for a picnic.• a chicken-pox spot• Put some of the hardier plants outdoors in a protected spot.• She agreed to meet him at the same spot the next evening.• a 30-second spot on the local radio station• People had left flowers at the spot where the police officer was killed.• Soon, they ceased to live on the spot, and employed agents to do their work.• I stood frozen to the spotunable to do anything.• Las Vegas has a growing reputation as an entertainment and vacationspot.• I think on all these courses you've got to pick your spots.in a spot• As it stands, Fuller and the Warriors are in a spot neither wanted.• Now all eyes were directed to the wide stage, bathedin spots and footlights.• He got his popcorn and the lady laid his quarter change in a spot of meltedbutter on the glass.• A sharp eyed youngster should have no difficultyin spotting the loose change, that so often litter such areas.• The skill is in spotting these slight wind changes.• While working at Lyons Corner House in April 1942, he came out in spots.• They make me come out in spots.spot of• There were spots of blood on the rag.guest spot• Thomas's promotionaltour included a guest spot on "The Tonight Show."• At last year's final, another pop group, Dollar, also mimed to a recording for its guest spot.in a spot• As it stands, Fuller and the Warriors are in a spot neither wanted.• Now all eyes were directed to the wide stage, bathed in spots and footlights.• He got his popcorn and the lady laid his quarter change in a spot of melted butter on the glass.• A sharp eyed youngster should have no difficulty in spotting the loose change, that so often litter such areas.• The skill is in spotting these slight wind changes.• While working at Lyons Corner House in April 1942, he came out in spots.• They make me come out in spots.
spotspot2 ●●○S3 verb (spotted, spotting) [transitive]1NOTICEto notice someone or something, especially when they are difficult to see or recognizeI spotted a police car behind us.It can be hard for even a trained doctor to spot the symptoms of lung cancer.spot somebody doing somethingMeg spotted someone coming out of the building.difficult/easy to spotDrug addicts are fairly easy to spot.spot thatOne of the station staff spotted that I was in difficulty, and came to help.► see thesaurus at notice, see2 →be spotted with something3American EnglishDSADVANTAGE to give the other player in a game an advantagespot somebody somethingHe spotted me six points and he still won.→ See Verb table
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spot• A residentspotted a man sitting in his car watching the explosion and notified the police.• If you are lucky, you will also spot a pelican or two.• It now appears that much of the change whose initial signs he spotted did in fact reflect a climaticshift.• Police finally caught up with Serrano when he was spotted eating in an UpperEast Side restaurant.• Termites are often relatively easy to spot, especially in the early stages.• Even people who have been in the business for decades sometimes have trouble spottingimpostorcurls.• He was spotted in the Manhattan area in mid-May.• If you spotMom and Dad coming, warn me.• She won't be difficult to spot -- she's got pink hair and weighs about 300 pounds.• She quickly spotted the danger of relying on Hal for everything.• Some children spotted the feet sticking out of the bushes by the roadside.• I'm glad you spotted the mistake before it was too late.• Drops of milkspotted the table.• If there are many volunteers then spotting them will be like trying to spot a needle in a haystack.• I dropped my keys in the grass, but luckily Jim spotted them.• I spotted this article about it in the paper.• They've spotted us - let's get out of here.• Smith told me later they had spotted Wilson making his way back to Ashley Gardens on foot.difficult/easy to spot• Fat cats are rare and easy to spot.• Hard to define but easy to spot.• The oddMilitant supporter appears at the conferencerostrum and is easy to spot.• They become bogeymen, earthlyAliens, and -- despite the fake human faces they develop -- very easy to spot.• Actual long coats, although difficult to spot at this age, will show in fluffy long hairs on the ears in particular.• Being almost the colour of the rocks, the Harpies are difficult to spot before they move.• Termites are often relatively easy to spot, especially in the early stages.• It's easy to spotflocks of geese as they migrate.spot somebody something• He spotted me six points and he still won.spotspot3 adjective [only before noun]BBfor buying or paying immediately, not at some future timeThey won’t take credit; they want spot cash.He quoted us a spot price for the goods.
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spot• At any moment the currentspotexchange rate is the anticipated spot exchange rate discounted to the present.• Most of the change in the current spot exchange rate reflects changes in the anticipated spot exchange rate.• Both the four eye and spotfin have a posterior eye spot.• In Tokyo, spot gold was last quoted at $ 400. 25 per ounce.• All the gold fulfilled maturing forward contracts where the contract price exceeded the spot price.spot price• Market-wide information appeared to be a cause of futures prices leading spot prices.• This means that the futures price is likely to differ from the realizedspot price.• However, the correlations between current changes in the spot price and lagged changes in the futures price were low.• The width of this banddepends not only on f, but also on the spot price and the riskless interest rate.• There is a close relationship between futures prices and spot prices, especially as the delivery date approaches.• So to avoid significantarbitrageprofits, the futures and spot prices must converge.• The fair futures prices is equal to the current spot priceplus the cost of carry.From Longman Business Dictionaryspotspot /spɒtspɑːt/ adjectiveFINANCE involving delivery now, rather than in the futureThe settlement period for spot transactions is two business days.a spot cash payment (=for goods that are delivered immediately)