Definición de spot en inglés:


Saltos de línea: spot
Pronunciación: /spɒt


  • 2A particular place or point: a nice secluded spot an ideal picnic spot
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    • He crawled, looking for a secluded spot like the Tall Soldier had.
    • It's a wonder how all of this art, architecture and creativity ended up in such a secluded spot.
    • Garbled details would be passed on by word of mouth and soon convoys of hatchbacks would head out for sunrise sessions in motorway service stations and picnic spots.
    place, location, site, position, point, situation, scene, setting, locale, locality, area, neighbourhood, region; venue
    technical locus
  • 2.1 [with adjective or noun modifier] A small feature or part of something with a particular quality: his bald spot there was one bright spot in a night of dismal failure
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    • Finally, the one bright spot amongst the added features is a five-minute excerpt from the boys' appearance at the 1997 Cable Ace Awards.
    • About the only bright spot is the colorful feature starring Lewis Van Dercar.
    • One bright spot is simply that hard-core rap has knocked out such unmusical predecessors as heavy metal and punk.
  • 2.2 short for penalty spot.
  • 2.3A ranking: the runner-up spot
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    • But what I really find interesting is that Gosford Park took Black Hawk Down's spot.
    • A few of their top picks (which I will not reveal, out of deference to the work they put into the analysis) went within two or three spots of the predicted order.
    • A labor-union pioneer deserves a spot in baseball's Hall of Fame.
  • 2.4A place for an individual item within a show: she couldn’t do her usual singing spot in the club
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    • The audio archives section contains radio spots and full songs related to the film.
    • On the other side are the easily deluded, the ones who believe that a hit single or a television spot circumvents money to actually purchase happiness.
    • Aardman has subsequently worked on a number of advertisements, the most distinctive of which are probably the Lurpak spots featuring a character made of butter named Douglas.
    position, place, niche, slot, space
    informal window
  • 4 informal , chiefly British A small amount of something: a spot of rain a spot of bother flared up
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    • Davis brings a beautifully written character to life without a spot of bother, and she makes a wonderful addition to the Spaced cast.
    • Treating me to a spot of food and a fresh coffee in the garden, he started to explain why you should choose to use your art to make political statements.
    • It is not simply schoolchildren who benefit from a spot of Mozart.
    bit, little, some, small amount, morsel, modicum, bite; drop, splash
    informal smidgen, smidge, tad
    Scottish informal scoosh
  • 4.1 dated A small alcoholic drink: may I offer you a spot?
  • 5 [as modifier] Denoting a system of trading in which commodities or currencies are delivered and paid for immediately after a sale: trading in the spot markets the current spot price
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    • The Detroit ethanol spot price data were obtained from Kapell.
    • When that happened, Bass said, he told buyers to lower spot market bids.
    • There is also a spot market, but no real-time pricing exists.
  • 7 (also spot board) A board for working plaster before application.
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    • Place the hawk alongside the spot board and with the trowel in your working hand scoop some plaster onto the board about the size and shape of a loaf of bread.
    • Set the blade of the float at right angles to the spot board and push a measure of plaster towards the edge furthest away from you.
    • I must admit I have used spot boards on large jobs, but then we mixed 7 bags in one go, and had 2 labourers to refill the spots.
  • 8 [in combination] informal , chiefly North American A banknote of a specified value: a ten-spot

verbo (spots, spotting, spotted)

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  • 1See, notice, or recognize (someone or something) that is difficult to detect or that one is searching for: Andrew spotted the advert in the paper the men were spotted by police
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    • Late that day one of the search crews spotted Doug's body in such rugged terrain they were unable to get to it before dark.
    • I also spotted a fair amount of grain in the transfer.
    • I like spotting the eel, who is very shy and hides under rocks.
    notice, see, observe, discern, detect, perceive, make out, pick out, distinguish, recognize, identify, locate; catch sight of, glimpse, sight; mark, remark
    British informal clock
    literary descry, espy
  • 1.1Recognize that (someone) has a particular talent, especially for sport or show business: we were spotted by a talent scout
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    • That is until a former talent scout for Newcastle United spots him while on holiday and insists he make the trip to trial for the Toon Army.
    • Dumby's spectacular football prowess has been spotted by a city talent scout, which sets up the need for him to win Best Player in the final against a much stronger team.
    • A record label sinks or swims on its A & R department's ability to spot hot new talent, and Grainge considers Cowell one of the best.
  • 1.2British Observe and note the details of (a certain class of thing) as a hobby: women don’t collect stamps or spot trains
  • 1.3 [no object] Military Locate an enemy’s position, typically from the air: they were spotting for enemy aircraft
  • 1.4(In weight training, gymnastics, etc.) observe (a performer) in order to minimize the risk of accidents or injuries.
  • 4Place (a ball) on its designated starting point on a billiard table.
  • 5 [with two objects] North American informal Give or lend (money) to (someone): I’ll spot you $300
  • 5.1Allow (an advantage) to (someone) in a game or sport: the higher-rated team spots the lower-rated team the difference in their handicaps


hit the spot

informal Be exactly what is required: the cup of coffee hit the spot
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  • It's the pride and sense of achievement in that last line that hits the spot.
  • It hits the spot when I'm in the mood for a creamy, fruity, snack.
  • When it's good, it hits the spot in perfect fashion.

in a spot

informal In a difficult situation.
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  • So if you start maxing out your loan now, you might find yourself in a spot three years on, if if reverses the policy and you're left with a gigantic, interest-accruing loan.
difficult situation, awkward situation, tricky situation, predicament, mess, difficulty, trouble, plight, corner, quandary, dilemma
informal fix, jam, hole, sticky situation, pickle, scrape, pretty/fine kettle of fish, hot water, how-do-you-do

on the spot

  • 2At the scene of an event: journalists on the spot reported no progress
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    • The camera provides a sharp, close-up view for the remote physician that is actually superior to what the doctor on the spot can get using his own unaided vision.
    • Soon after, Bartley and O'Briain were on the spot when the march approached the palace, and snipers suddenly opened fire on the Chávez supporters.
    • However, you get to meet luminaries of the opera world, work with fine, like-minded colleagues and are on the spot when opportunities arise.
  • 3British (With reference to an action) performed without moving from one’s original position: running on the spot
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    • There's stretching and jumping and marching on the spot.
    • The better it gets, the more she jabs her arms and hops up and down on the spot.
    • They're all presented in glorious new digital garb and remind some of us of a certain age that simply jumping up and down on the spot was once considered dancing.

put someone on the spot

informal Force someone into a situation in which they must make a difficult decision or answer a difficult question.
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  • It's hard for her to hear me say that, but if I am put on the spot and asked a difficult question, I'll answer it.
  • I have never had a student who asked so many questions, who put me on the spot so much, who insisted on understanding every detail of every subject.
  • I had been silent for most of the lesson until Peter, the teacher, put me on the spot and asked me a question.


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

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