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spotlight

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishspotlightspot‧light1 /ˈspɒtlaɪt $ ˈspɑːt-/ ●○○ noun  1 [countable] a light with a very bright beam which can be directed at someone or something. Spotlights are often used to light a stage when actors or singers are performing The yard was lit by three huge spotlights.under the spotlights I was sweating under the spotlights.in/into the spotlight She stepped into the spotlight and began to sing.2 the spotlight
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spotlightThe only option may be a single mercury vapour or metal halide spotlight, with no option for extra support lighting.The winners in 1992,1980,1976 and 1968 were unencumbered by political duties as federal officeholders in the national spotlight.Let the eyes hold the spotlight and keep lips muted with soft pink or peach.His blue eyes shimmer in the spotlights.Johnson stepped into the spotlight to make his speech.Suddenly, Stairway to Paradise is echoing through the theatre and I am stepping into the spotlight sliding faster and faster.Vaught likes the spotlight as much any other person.Tatum had stayed out of the spotlight to bring up their three children Kevin, six, Sean, five and one-year-old Emily.At last Nahat was up against the backdrop with the spotlight breathing down his neck.in/into the spotlightThe fact that the shadow economy is coming into the spotlight of open publicity is encouraging.It gives us a chance to be more in the spotlight.Phase 1 puts exploration and production in the spotlight.His blue eyes shimmer in the spotlights.Just one lone ancestor standing in the spotlight without anyone or anything else the current generation can blame.Once Raymo saw a slender man standing in the spotlight in front of the sandbags.Suddenly, Stairway to Paradise is echoing through the theatre and I am stepping into the spotlight sliding faster and faster.Politicians, uncomfortable in the spotlight, publicly back some sort of reform package that might take away a few of their perks.
spotlightspotlight2 verb (past tense and past participle spotlighted or spotlit) [transitive]  1 ATTENTIONto direct attention to someone or something syn highlight The article spotlights the problems of the homeless.2 SHINEto shine a strong beam of light on something She walked out onto the spotlit stage.→ See Verb table
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spotlightBut one top economist viewed the Government's decision to spotlight manufacturing as another U-turn.Our list here isn't comprehensive, but simply aims to spotlight some of the new homes on the market.The article spotlights the growth of Islam in the U.S.
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Verb table
spotlight
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyspotlight
he, she, itspotlights
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyspotlightedspotlit
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave spotlighted
he, she, ithas spotlighted
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad spotlighted
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill spotlight
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have spotlighted
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam spotlighting
he, she, itis spotlighting
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you, we, theyare spotlighting
Past
I, he, she, itwas spotlighting
you, we, theywere spotlighting
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been spotlighting
he, she, ithas been spotlighting
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been spotlighting
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be spotlighting
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been spotlighting
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