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verb [transitive] spot pronunciation in British English /spɒt/
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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.

    spot someone doing something:

    The boys had been spotted buying alcohol.

    1. a.
      to notice that someone has a talent 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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