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verb [transitive] highlight pronunciation in British English /ˈhaɪˌlaɪt/
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  1. 1
    to describe something in a way that makes people notice it and think about it
    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. 3
    to mark words on paper with a highlighter
    1. a.
      to mark a word, picture, file etc on a computer screen, usually before changing it or copying it

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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