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verb [transitive] spot pronunciation in American English /spɑt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyspot
he/she/itspots
present participlespotting
past tensespotted
past participlespotted
  1. 1
    to notice someone or something

    Hugh was spotted by local police and had to leave quickly.

    Mara spotted the book she gave Ed for his birthday in the trash.

    spot someone doing something:

    The boys had been spotted buying alcohol.

    1. a.
      to notice that someone has a special ability that can be developed

      She was spotted singing in bars when she was 18.

      spot someone's potential:

      An effective teacher can spot a child's potential.

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