Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

spot - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [countable] spot pronunciation in British English /spɒt/
Word Forms
Close
singularspot
pluralspots
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    the particular place where someone or something is

    We found him sitting in a sunny spot in the garden.

    mark the spot:

    Flowers mark the spot where the accident happened.

    the very/exact spot:

    The king himself had stood on this very spot.

    1. a.
      a particular place on your body
      a sore/tender spot:

      There is a sore spot on my head where I bumped it.

  2. 2
    a small round area of colour that is different from the colour of the surface around it and that often forms part of a pattern
    spot of:

    spots of yellow

    with spots:

    The flower is yellow with red spots.

    1. a.
      British a very small red lump on someone’s face
    2. b.
      a small red mark that you get on your skin if you have a disease such as measles or chickenpox
    3. c.
      a small dirty mark that should not be there

      a spot of paint on the step

      Synonyms and related words
  3. 3
    informal a position in an order, for example in a competition

    The team has no chance of a spot in the top five.

    The book occupied the number-one bestseller spot for four months.

    1. a.
      a position within a series of events, for example in a television or radio programme

      She was given a five-minute spot on a local radio show.

  4. 4
    British informal an occasion when you do something or experience something
    spot of:

    There was still time for a spot of shopping and sightseeing.

    I’d invited her round for a spot of lunch.

    a spot of bother/trouble:

    We’d had a spot of trouble with the police.

  5. 5
    informal a difficult situation
    put someone in a spot:

    The bad weather had put us in a bit of a spot.

  6. 7
    a small amount of something, usually a liquid
    spot of:

    I felt a few spots of rain on my face.

conlang

… a language for human communication which has been invented and has not developed naturally

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

spogs

spectacles; boiled sweets, candy; soft aniseed-flavoured jelly sweets coated with blue and pink sugar sprinkles

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog