Spot meaning

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A small croaker (Leiostomus xanthurus) of North American Atlantic waters, having a dark mark above each pectoral fin and valued as a food and game fish.
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(chiefly british) A small amount; a bit.

A spot of tea.

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To cause a spot or spots to appear on, especially:
  • To soil with spots.
    Soot spotted the curtains.
  • To decorate with spots; dot.
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(sports) To yield a favorable scoring margin to.

Spotted their opponents 11 points.

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(informal) A situation, especially a troublesome one.
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A short presentation or commercial on television or radio between major programs.

A news spot.

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(informal) A spotlight.
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To bring disgrace to; besmirch.

Rumors that spotted his reputation.

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To detect or discern, especially visually; spy.

Spotted him on the subway.

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To remove spots from, as in a laundry.
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(sports) To act as a spotter for (a gymnast, for example).
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A flaw in one's reputation or character.

A dark spot in his past.

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The definition of a spot is a flaw, stain or rounded mark either on something or in a person's character.

An example of spot is a red wine stain.

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Spot is defined as to stain, to remove stains, to recognize or to see.

An example of spot is to clean up a red wine stain.

An example of spot is to notice a best friend in a crowd of people.

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(informal) A piece of paper money worth a specified number of dollars.

A five spot.

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(informal) To lend.

Can you spot me $25 until payday?

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To become marked with spots.

These dishes spot easily.

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To cause a discoloration or make a stain.
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To locate targets from the air during combat or training missions.
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Made, paid, or delivered immediately.

A spot sale.

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Of, relating to, or being a market in which payment or delivery is immediate.

The spot market in oil.

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Involving random or selective instances or actions.

A spot investigation.

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A small area of different color or texture from the main area of which it is a part; often, a mark made by some foreign matter; stain, blot, speck, patch, etc.
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A flaw or defect, as in character or reputation; something blameworthy; fault.
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A small, edible, silvery, marine drum fish (Leiostomus xanthurus) of the W Atlantic with a black spot behind the gill cover.
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(brit., informal) A small quantity; bit.

A spot of tea.

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(informal) Position; situation; job.
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(informal) Position or place in a schedule or listing.
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Presented between major radio or television programs.

A spot announcement.

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(informal) A spot advertisement or announcement.
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(slang) A nightclub.
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(slang) A piece of paper money of a specified value.

A ten spot.

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To mark with spots.
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To sully; stain; blemish.
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To mark for future consideration.
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To be located at various places in or on.
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To shine a spotlight on.
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To remove (individual spots, marks, etc.) as in dry cleaning.
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To observe and report on (plays) as a spotter in sports.
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(informal) To give a numeric scoring advantage to (the weaker side in a contest)

To spot the beginner five points.

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To become marked with spots.
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To cause a spot or spots; make a stain, as ink, water, etc.
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To act as a spotter, esp. for a gun crew or in sports.
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Made at random or according to an arbitrary sampling procedure.

A spot survey.

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Inserted between regular radio or television programs.

A spot advertisement or announcement.

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A mark on a surface differing sharply in color from its surroundings.
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A blemish, mark, or pimple on the skin.
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A stain or blot.
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To lose a slight amount of blood through the vagina.
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(Smart Personal Objects Technology) See Microsoft Smart Watch.
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In the context of digital subscriber line (DSL), a frame used where a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) or Internet service provider (ISP) is leasing dry copper pairs from the incumbent LEC (ILEC) for purposes of provisioning xDSL data services. The SPOT 1:8 SplitterDistribution FilterFeeder Fiber2:12:12:1 frame, and other hardware, is collocated in the ILEC central office (CO), generally in separately secured leased space.The ILEC cross-connects the individual leased circuits at the main distribution frame (MDF), and terminates them in the SPOT frame, where the CLEC or ISP connects them to the DSL access multiplexer (DSLAM). See also CLEC, CO, cross-connect, dry copper pair, DSL, DSLAM, frame, ILEC, ISP, MDF, and xDSL.
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A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.

The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.

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I have tried everything, and I can't get this spot out.

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That morning, I saw that a spot had come up on my chin.

I think she's got chicken pox; she's covered in spots.

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A small, unspecified amount or quantity.

Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?

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(slang, US) A bill of five-dollar or ten-dollar denomination in dollars.

Here's the twenty bucks I owe you, a ten spot and two five spots.

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I like to eat lunch in a pleasant spot outside.

For our anniversary we went back to the same spot where we first met.

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A parking space.
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(sports) An official determination of placement.

The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball.

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(US, advertising) A brief advertisement or program segment on television.

Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?

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Difficult situation; predicament.

She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date.

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(gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) One who spots (supports or assists a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictates); a spotter.
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(soccer) Penalty spot.
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The act of spotting or noticing something.

- You've misspelled "terrapin" here.

- Whoops. Good spot.

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A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above the beak.
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A food fish (Liostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast of the United States, with a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides.
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The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail.
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(in the plural, brokers' slang, dated) Commodities, such as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
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To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate, distinguish or identify.

Try to spot the differences between these two pictures.

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(finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.

I'll spot you ten dollars for lunch.

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(intransitive) To stain; to leave a spot (on).

Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface.

A garment spotted with mould.

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To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.

I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.

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(gymnastics, dance, weightlifting, climbing) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.

I can't do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.

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(dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.

Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do.

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To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation.
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A popular given name for a dog.
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in spots
  • Now and then; here and there; occasionally.
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on the spot
  • Without delay; at once.
  • At the scene of action.
  • Under pressure or attention; in a pressed position.
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change one's spots
  • to alter one's fundamental or distinguishing beliefs, behavior, etc.
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hit the high spots
  • to treat only the main points of a topic, as in a cursory discussion
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hit the spot
  • to satisfy a craving or need
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in a (bad) spot
  • in a bad situation; in trouble
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on the spot
  • on or at the place mentioned
  • at once; immediately
  • in trouble or difficulty
  • in a position where an immediate response to a difficult question or situation is expected
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in spots
hit the high spots
in a (bad) spot

Origin of spot

  • Middle English from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English spot or spotte, cognate with Middle Dutch spotte (“spot speck"), Low German spot, and Old Norse spotti (“small piece"). Also Old English splott (“spot, plot of land").

    From Wiktionary