Meaning of SPOT in English

SPOT

/ spɒt; NAmE spɑːt/ noun , verb , adjective

■ noun

SMALL MARK

1.

a small round area that has a different colour or feels different from the surface it is on :

Which has spots, the leopard or the tiger?

The male bird has a red spot on its beak.

( BrE )

She was wearing a black skirt with white spots.

—see also beauty spot , sunspot ➡ note at dot

2.

a small dirty mark on sth :

His jacket was covered with spots of mud.

rust spots

➡ note at mark

3.

[ usually pl. ] a small mark or lump on a person's skin, sometimes with a yellow head to it :

The baby's whole body was covered in small red spots.

( BrE )

teenagers worried about their spots

—compare pimple , rash , zit

PLACE

4.

a particular area or place :

a quiet / secluded / lonely, etc. spot

He showed me the exact spot where he had asked her to marry him.

She stood rooted to the spot with fear (= unable to move) .

a tourist spot

—see also black spot , blind spot , hot spot , nightspot , trouble spot ➡ note at place

SMALL AMOUNT

5.

[ usually sing. ] spot of sth ( BrE , informal ) a small amount of sth

SYN bit :

He's in a spot of trouble.

6.

[ usually pl. ] spot (of sth) a small amount of a liquid :

I felt a few spots of rain.

PART OF SHOW

7.

a part of a television, radio, club or theatre show that is given to a particular entertainer or type of entertainment :

a guest / solo spot

IN COMPETITION

8.

a position in a competition or an event :

two teams battling for top spot

LIGHT

9.

( informal ) = spotlight

IDIOMS

- in a (tight) spot

- on the spot

- put sb on the spot

—more at bright adjective , glue verb , hit verb , knock verb , leopard , rivet verb , soft

■ verb ( -tt- )

1.

(not used in the progressive tenses) to see or notice a person or thing, especially suddenly or when it is not easy to do so :

[ vn ]

I finally spotted my friend in the crowd.

I've just spotted a mistake on the front cover.

Can you spot the difference between these two pictures?

[ vn -ing ]

Neighbours spotted smoke coming out of the house.

[ v that ]

No one spotted that the gun was a fake.

[ v wh- ]

I soon spotted what the mistake was.

—see also spotter ➡ note at see

2.

[ vnn ] ( NAmE , sport ) to give your opponent or the other team an advantage :

We spotted the opposing team two goals.

IDIOMS

- be spotted with sth

■ adjective

[ only before noun ] ( business ) connected with a system of trading where goods are delivered and paid for immediately after sale :

spot prices

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WORD ORIGIN

Middle English : perhaps from Middle Dutch spotte . The sense notice, recognize arose from the early 19th-cent. slang use note as a suspect or criminal .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.