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spot

2 verb
     
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spot2 S3 past tense and past participle spotted, present participle spotting [transitive]
1 to notice someone or something, especially when they are difficult to see or recognize:
I 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 something
Meg spotted someone coming out of the building.
difficult/easy to spot
Drug addicts are fairly easy to spot.
spot that
One of the station staff spotted that I was in difficulty, and came to help.
2

be spotted with something

to have small round marks or small pieces of something on the surface:
The windscreen was spotted with rain.
3 American EnglishDS to give the other player in a game an advantage
spot somebody something
He spotted me six points and he still won.

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