Pronunciation: (spot'līt"),[key] —n., v.,-light•ed or -lit, -light•ing.
—n. 1. a strong, focused light thrown upon a particular spot, as on a small area of a stage or in a television studio, for making some object, person, or group especially conspicuous.
2. a lamp for producing such a light.
3. a brilliant light with a focused beam, mounted on the side of an automobile and used for illuminating objects not within range of the headlights.
4. the area of immediate or conspicuous public attention: Asia is in the spotlight now.
—v.t. 1. to direct the beam of a spotlight upon; light with a spotlight.
2. to make conspicuous; call attention to: Newspapers spotlighted the story for a week. 3. to hunt (animals) using a spotlight in order to temporarily blind or confuse them.