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  1. spot
    IPA[spät]
  2. noun

    verb

    • 1. see, notice, or recognize (someone or something) that is difficult to detect or that one is searching for:

      Andrew spotted the ad in the paper the men were spotted by police
      Synonym : notice, see, observe, discern, detect, perceive, make out, pick out, distinguish, recognize, identify, locate, catch sight of, glimpse, sight, mark, remark, clock, descry, espy
    • 2. recognize that (someone) has a particular talent, especially for sports or show business:

      we were spotted by a talent scout
    • 3. locate an enemy's position, typically from the air:

      they were spotting for enemy aircraft
    • 4. (in weight training, gymnastics, etc.) observe (a performer) in order to minimize the risk of accidents or injuries.

    • 5. mark with spots:

      the velvet was spotted with stains
    • 6. become marked with spots:

      a damp atmosphere causes the flowers to spot
    • 7. cover (a surface or area) thinly:

      thorn trees spotted the land
    • 8. stain or sully the moral character or qualities of:

      they might be spotted merely with the errors introduced by Luther
    • 9. place (a billiard ball or football) on its designated starting point.

    • 10. give or lend (money) to (someone):

      I'll spot you $300
    • 11. allow (an advantage) to (someone) in a game or sport:

      the higher-rated team spots the lower-rated team the difference in their handicaps
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: spot, plural noun: spots

    • v.: verb: spot, 3rd person present: spots, gerund or present participle: spotting, past tense: spotted, past participle: spotted

    • noun

      a small round or roundish mark, differing in colour or texture from the surface around it:

      a small mark or stain:

    • verb

      see, notice, or recognize (someone or something) that is difficult to detect or that one is searching for:

      recognize that (someone) has a particular talent, especially for sport or show business:

    • adjective

      marked or decorated with spots:
    • adjective

      marked or decorated with spots:
    • noun

      the point of entry of the optic nerve on the retina, insensitive to light.

      an area where a person's view is obstructed:

    • noun

      a test made without warning on a randomly selected subject:
    • verb

      subject (someone or something) to a random test:
    • noun

      an oily patch or mark.

      a silvery marking on brown Chinese porcelain (especially of the Sung period) caused by precipitation of iron in firing:

    • noun

      a place known for its beautiful scenery.

      another term for beauty mark

    • verb

      join by welding at a number of separate points:
    • noun

      each of the welds so made.
    • noun

      the point or area on a bat, club, or racket at which it makes most effective contact with the ball:

      an optimum point or combination of factors or qualities:

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