highlight - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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past tensehighlighted
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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. 2
    to make something easier to see or notice

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

  3. 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