spotlight

A spotlight is a bright beam of light that shines on people on stage. Actors and rock stars love spending time in the spotlight when they’re performing, but if they’re famous they’re in the spotlight all the time.

If you star in the school play, you'll be in a literal spotlight, illuminated on the stage while you sing your big solo number. If some day you're elected President of the United States, you'll be in a figurative spotlight, at the center of intense attention by the public. You can also call this limelight. Lighting experts often call spotlights followspots.

Definitions of spotlight
  1. noun
    a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer
    synonyms: spot
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    type of:
    lamp
    an artificial source of visible illumination
  2. noun
    a focus of public attention
    synonyms: glare, limelight, public eye
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    type of:
    prominence
    the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent
  3. verb
    illuminate with a spotlight, as in the theater
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    type of:
    illume, illuminate, illumine, light, light up
    make lighter or brighter
  4. verb
    move into the foreground to make more visible or prominent
    synonyms: foreground, highlight, play up
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    Antonyms:
    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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