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English noun: spot

1. spot (location) a point located with respect to surface features of some region

SamplesThis is a nice place for a picnic.
A bright spot on a planet.

Synonymsplace, topographic point

Broader (hypernym)point

Narrower (hyponym)birthplace, crest, crown, end, grave, heights, hiding place, high, hole-in-the-wall, holy, holy place, junction, mecca, nesting place, overlook, peak, place of birth, polling place, polling station, pool, puddle, rendezvous, sanctum, scour, service area, showplace, solitude, stop, summit, target, target area, tip, tomb, top, zone

2. spot (communication) a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising

Broader (hypernym)section, subdivision

3. spot (attribute) an outstanding characteristic

SamplesHis acting was one of the high points of the movie.


Broader (hypernym)characteristic

4. spot (attribute) a blemish made by dirt

SamplesHe had a smudge on his cheek.

Synonymsblot, daub, slur, smear, smirch, smudge

Broader (hypernym)blemish, defect, mar

Narrower (hyponym)blotch, fingermark, fingerprint, inkblot, splodge, splotch

5. spot (attribute) a small contrasting part of something

SamplesA bald spot.
A leopard's spots.
A patch of clouds.
Patches of thin ice.
A fleck of red.

Synonymsdapple, fleck, maculation, patch, speckle

Broader (hypernym)marking

Narrower (hyponym)facula, facula, fret, macula, macula, macule, mock sun, nebula, parhelion, pinpoint, plaque, speck, splash, sundog, sunspot, worn spot

6. spot (communication) a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance

SamplesThey changed his spot on the program.

Broader (hypernym)section, subdivision

7. spot (artifact) a business establishment for entertainment

SamplesNight spot.

Broader (hypernym)business establishment, place of business

Narrower (hyponym)cabaret, clip joint, club, hot spot, hotspot, joint, night club, nightclub, nightspot

8. spot (act) a job in an organization

SamplesHe occupied a post in the treasury.

Synonymsberth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation

Broader (hypernym)business, job, line, line of work, occupation

Narrower (hyponym)academicianship, accountantship, admiralty, ambassadorship, apostleship, apprenticeship, associateship, attorneyship, bailiffship, baronetage, bishopry, cadetship, caliphate, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, chair, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, clerkship, commandership, commandery, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, deanery, deanship, directorship, discipleship, editorship, eldership, emirate, episcopate, fatherhood, fatherhood, feudal lordship, foremanship, generalcy, generalship, governorship, headship, headship, hot seat, incumbency, inspectorship, instructorship, internship, judgeship, judicature, khanate, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieutenancy, magistracy, magistrature, managership, manhood, marshalship, mastership, mayoralty, messiahship, moderatorship, overlordship, pastorate, pastorship, peasanthood, plum, praetorship, precentorship, preceptorship, prefecture, prelacy, prelature, premiership, presidency, presidentship, primateship, principalship, priorship, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, professorship, protectorship, public office, rabbinate, receivership, rectorate, rectorship, regency, residency, rulership, sainthood, secretaryship, seigneury, seigniory, senatorship, sinecure, solicitorship, speakership, stewardship, studentship, teachership, thaneship, throne, treasurership, tribuneship, trusteeship, vice-presidency, viceroyship, viziership, wardenship, wardership, womanhood

9. spot (state) a slight attack of illness

SamplesHe has a touch of rheumatism.


Broader (hypernym)attack

10. spot (quantity) a small piece or quantity of something

SamplesA spot of tea.
A bit of paper.
A bit of lint.
I gave him a bit of my mind.


Broader (hypernym)small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity

11. spot (communication) a mark on a die or on a playing card (shape depending on the suit)


Broader (hypernym)mark, marker, marking

Part meronymplaying card

12. spot (artifact) a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer


Broader (hypernym)lamp

Member meronymtheater light

13. spot (artifact) a playing card with a specified number of pips on it to indicate its value

SamplesAn eight-spot.

Broader (hypernym)playing card

Narrower (hyponym)eight, eight-spot, five, five-spot, four, four-spot, nine, nine-spot, seven, seven-spot, six, six-spot, ten, ten-spot

14. spot (act) an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

SamplesHe made a huge blot on his copybook.

Synonymsblot, smear, smirch, stain

Broader (hypernym)error, fault, mistake

English verb: spot

1. spot (perception) catch sight of

Synonymsdescry, espy, spy

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)sight, spy

2. spot (perception) detect with the senses

SamplesThe fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards.
I can't make out the faces in this photograph.

Synonymsdiscern, distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, tell apart

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)discriminate, resolve

Entailcomprehend, perceive

3. spot (contact) mar or impair with a flaw

SamplesHer face was blemished.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil

4. spot (contact) make a spot or mark onto

SamplesThe wine spotted the tablecloth.

Synonymsblob, blot, fleck

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change surface

Narrower (hyponym)bespatter, bespeckle, defile, maculate, spatter, speckle, splotch, stain, sully, tarnish

Verb groupstain

5. spot (change) become spotted

SamplesThis dress spots quickly.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)fox, freckle

6. spot (change) mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition

SamplesSpot the areas that one should clearly identify.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mark

Narrower (hyponym)cloud, dapple, freckle, mottle

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