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1  —as in:
highlight the main findings
Definition emphasize (call attention to something)
  • The main purpose of this passage is to highlight the degree of income inequality.
highlight = emphasize (call attention to)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The mayor highlighted positive developments in the city.
  • highlighted = emphasized (called attention to)
  • The story highlights a growing problem in our society.
  • highlights = emphasizes (draws attention to)
  • She showed me how she uses makeup to highlight her cheekbones.
  • The pictures were supposed to show the equality of the sexes or highlight discrimination against women.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • highlight = emphasize (call attention to)
  • The glow spilled onto Toby's angular face, glinting off the rims of his glasses and highlighting his almond-shaped eyes .... which were staring down at me.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • highlighting = emphasizing (drawing attention to something)
  • She highlighted my awkwardness, my lack of knowledge about the right things to say and do. I was a blundering adolescent in her eyes, and she was trying to let me down easy.
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon — Novel
  • highlighted = made very noticeable
  • In 2009, ABC News ran a news report about Appalachian America, highlighting a phenomenon known locally as "Mountain Dew mouth": painful dental problems in young children, generally caused by too much sugary soda.
    J.D. Vance  --  Hillbilly Elegy
  • highlighting = emphasizing (drawing attention to)
  • And we're adding a fashion column, highlighting some of the best outfits worn by our members, and a makeup column with all the latest trends.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • highlighting = emphasizing (drawing attention to)
  • The operating room is small and crowded, full of blindingly bright lights, which highlight how grubby this place is.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
highlight = emphasize (call attention to)

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2  —as in:
highlights of the year
Definition something that stands out
  • Did you watch the video highlights?
highlights = best parts
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • It was the highlight of our vacation.
  • highlight = best part
  • During the highlights, they periodically show the winner's reaction up on a box in the corner of the screen.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • highlights = best parts
  • It was true that many grown-ups in Welch talked about how senior year in high school was the highlight of their lives.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • highlight = best part
  • Now, I'd heard all about Bible in Sunday school or at church, but to be frank, I just remembered the highlights-the Lord sending the seven plagues so the Israelites could leave Egypt, Jonah being swallowed by a whale, Jesus walking across the water or raising Lazarus from the dead.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • highlights = things that stand out
  • The only highlight was Juniper the tree nymph, who screamed, "Grover!" and gave her boyfriend a flying tackle hug, making everybody cheer.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • highlight = something that stands out
  • Whoever puts together the highlights has to choose what sort of story to tell.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • highlights = things to emphasize as important
  • For him, this was perhaps the highlight of an otherwise bleak existence.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • highlight = best part
  • But that evening She on TV4 led off with an eleven-minute summary of the highlights in Blomkvist's accusations.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • highlights = things that stand out
  • The highlight of the presentations, however, was Singbe's retelling of their voyage on the Amistad in his native Mende, with James Covey interpreting.
    Alexs Pate  --  Amistad
highlight = best part

3  —as in:
highlights and shadows
Definition noun:  something that is lighter and draws attention — such as an area of a painting

verb:  making something lighter — such as an area of a painting
  • I'm learning to enrich my painting with highlights and shadows.
highlights = lighter areas
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her photographic portraits tend to minimize the highlights and boost the shadows.
  • highlights = lighter areas
  • My face is relatively clear of makeup, just a bit of highlighting here and there.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • highlighting = emphasizing by making some areas lighter
  • The gold griffins gleamed with colored highlights garnered from scores of lanterns.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • highlights = shining points
  • The sandstone around her nose shimmered like gilded dew, turning clear with dancing silver highlights.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • highlights = lighter areas
  • So much I saw then, all vaguely for the flickering of the lightning, in blinding highlights and dense black shadows.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • highlights = things made bright
  • Around his temples, the gray highlights were advancing, making their way deeper into his thicket of coarse black hair.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • highlights = lighter areas
  • She couldn't believe that the sweater, brown with bands of pale red and green highlights, cost half as much as the sleeping bag, which was threadbare and patched.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • highlights = parts that are lighter and draw attention
  • He puts up my hair first, in the braided style my mother introduced him to, then proceeds with my makeup. Last year he used little so that the audience would recognize me when I landed in the arena. But now my face is almost obscured by the dramatic highlights and dark shadows.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • highlights = areas made lighter to draw attention
  • Not until we're all sitting out onstage and Caesar Flickerman, hair and face highlighted in lavender this year, has done his opening spiel and the tributes begin their interviews.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
highlighted = emphasized with areas of color

4  —as in:
highlights in hair
Definition noun:  a strip of hair that is lighter

verb:  making strips of hair lighter
  • The salon added highlights to her hair.
highlights = strips of hair that are lighter in color
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She gets blond highlights in the summer.
  • highlights = strips of hair that are lighter in color
  • She shook out her hair, with so-red-they-were-pink highlights.
    John Green  --  Turtles All the Way Down
  • highlights = strips of hair that are lighter in color
  • She was a pretty Asian woman with red highlighted hair tied in a bun.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Titan's Curse
  • highlighted = with strips of hair lighter in color
  • She had done away with the drab ponytails, let her hair grow, and streaked it with red highlights.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • highlights = strips of hair made lighter in color
  • That hair was jet black, so black that it didn't even have lighter highlights, and electric with curls spilling over her shoulders.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • highlights = lighter strands
  • Her hair was a tangled mess of highlighted blonde tresses.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • highlighted = with strips of hair lighter in color
  • Some girls got things called highlights, and others, like Sosie, had the color changed completely.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • highlights = strips of hair made lighter in color
  • Phillip points to Nancy and says, "Look at Nancy's hair." I look and see its not long like it used to be and it is highlighted with red streaks.
    Jaycee Lee Dugard  --  A Stolen Life
  • highlighted = with strips of hair lighter in color
  • Spencer Hastings looked across the table at her mother, Veronica, who nervously ran her hands through her perfectly highlighted ash-blond hair.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
highlighted = with strips of hair lighter in color

5  —as in:
highlights with a yellow marker
Definition to mark important text; or the text that is marked — typically marked using a felt-tip pen with a bright, transparent ink in order to reinforce memory and assist later review
  • The previous owner of the book highlighted with a yellow marker, so I'm using a green one.
highlighted = marked important text
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • With a yellow marker, she highlighted this quote:  "He who hurries through life hurries to his grave."
  • highlighted = marked (important text)
  • What are the most highlighted quotes from the book according to Kindle's e-reader?
  • highlighted = marked (important text)
  • Several such passages are starred and highlighted in the dog-eared text, the margins filled with cryptic notes printed in McCandless's distinctive hand.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • highlighted = marked as important
  • Dad had highlighted a Family Ties marathon for the following Sunday night, using the little slip of paper as a bookmark.
    Kody Keplinger  --  The DUFF: (Designated Ugly Fat Friend)
  • highlighted = marked as important
  • Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago — passage highlighted in one of the books found with Chris McCandless's remains.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • highlighted = marked as important
  • She points out the two highlighted numbers on the bottom of the screen.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • highlighted = marked as important
  • I thought of the highlighted Whitman: "If no other in the world be aware I sit content, / And if each and all be aware I sit content."
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
  • highlighted = marked as important
  • Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods — passage highlighted in one of the books found with Chris McCandless's remains.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • highlighted = marked as important
  • If you go to the end of 'Song of Myself,' she highlights this stuff about dying.
    John Green  --  Paper Towns
highlights = marks as important

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6  —as in:
highlights the text and deletes
Definition select (on a computer screen)
  • Just highlight and delete the paragraph.
highlight = select (on a computer screen)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Highlight the word and then make it bold.
  • highlight = select (on a computer screen)
  • Peter highlighted the text on his computer screen and deleted it.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
highlighted = selected

More commonly:
The form highlighter, can also refer to a type of makeup that draws attention to parts of the face.
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