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verb [transitive] British English pronunciation: highlight /ˈhaɪˌlaɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhighlight
he/she/ithighlights
present participlehighlighting
past tensehighlighted
past participlehighlighted

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  1. 1
    to describe something in a way that makes people notice it and think about it

    The case highlights the need for adequate controls on such experiments.

    highlight a problem/danger/difficulty:

    The incident has served to highlight the problems of urban deprivation.

    highlight someone's plight (=make people realize that someone is in a very bad situation):

    a campaign aimed at highlighting the plight of Rio's street children

  2. 2
    to make something easier to see or notice

    Using contrasting colours will highlight the shape and dimensions of your room.

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