If you missed the big game, don't worry — you can still catch the highlights on the news. A highlight is the most important or memorable part of something.

If you don’t have time to listen to your friend’s long, involved story, you might say, "Just give me the highlights." Highlight can also mean "a lightness or a bright area." If someone puts highlights in their hair, they are adding bright streaks to their hair. When used as a verb, highlight means "to emphasize." You may want to highlight the best grades on a report card while downplaying the lesser ones.

Definitions of highlight

n an area of lightness in a picture

Type of:
light, lightness
the visual effect of illumination on objects or scenes as created in pictures

n the most interesting or memorable part

“the highlight of the tour was our visit to the Vatican”
high spot
Type of:
detail, item, particular
a small part that can be considered separately from the whole

v apply a highlighter to one's cheeks or eyebrows in order to make them more prominent

highlight the area above your eyebrows”
Type of:
make up
apply make-up or cosmetics to one's face to appear prettier

v move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent

“The introduction highlighted the speaker's distinguished career in linguistics”
foreground, play up, spotlight
background, downplay, play down
understate the importance or quality of
Type of:
bring out, set off
direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

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