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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
    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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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