(1)   An act that brings discredit to the person who does it
"He made a huge blot on his copybook"
(2)   A job in an organization
"He occupied a post in the treasury"
(3)   A business establishment for entertainment
"Night spot"
(4)   A playing card with a specified number of pips on it to indicate its value
"An eight spot"
(5)   A lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer
(6)   A small contrasting part of something
"A bald spot"
"A leopard's spots"
"A patch of clouds"
"Patches of thin ice"
"A fleck of red"
(7)   A blemish made by dirt
"He had a smudge on his cheek"
(8)   An outstanding characteristic
"His acting was one of the high points of the movie"
(9)   A section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance
"They changed his spot on the program"
(10)   A short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising
(11)   A mark on a playing card (shape depending on the suit)
(12)   A point located with respect to surface features of some region
"This is a nice place for a picnic"
(13)   A small quantity
"A spot of tea"
"A bit of paper"
(14)   A slight attack of illness
"He has a touch of rheumatism"


(15)   Mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition
"Spot the areas that one should clearly identify"
(16)   Become spotted
"This dress spots quickly"
(17)   Make a spot or mark onto
"The wine spotted the tablecloth"
(18)   Mar or impair with a flaw
"Her face was blemished"
(19)   Catch sight of


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  1. 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.
  2. A stain or disfiguring mark.
    I have tried everything, and I can’t get this spot out.
  3. A pimple, papule or pustule.
    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.
  4. A small, unspecified amount or quantity.
    Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?
  5. 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.
  6. A location or area.
    I like to eat lunch in a pleasant spot outside.
  7. An official determination of placement.
    The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball.
  8. A bright lamp; a spotlight.
  9. A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
    Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?
  10. Difficult situation; predicament
    She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date.


  1. To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate or identify.
    Try to spot the differences between these two entries.
  2. To loan a small amount of money to someone.
    I’ll spot you ten dollars for lunch.
  3. To stain; to leave a spot.
    Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface.
  4. To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
    I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
  5. 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.
  6. To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
    Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do.




  1. spot; a spotlight.
  2. spot; a brief segment on television.


  1. light spot
  2. blip
  3. spotlight, spot



  1. spot (theatrical light; luminous point; brief radio or TV publicity)