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División en sílabas: spot
Pronunciación: /spät

Definición de spot en inglés:


1A small round or roundish mark, differing in color or texture from the surface around it: ladybugs have black spots on their red wing covers
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  • Their fur, feathers and skins, wonderfully textured and coloured, the symmetry of the patterns they make and the exquisite arrays of stripes and spots are there to be emulated.
  • These spots have raised centers that may develop on either surface of the leaf but are more common on the lower surface.
  • Affected stems often have reddish-brown spots or streaks.
1.1A small mark or stain: a spot of mildew on the wall
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  • An infestation can sometimes be recognized by blood stains and dark spots of excreta.
  • Here ink spots clearly are ink spots, and Kalina employs them in a carefree punctuation that sets up a joyful rhythm across the sheet.
  • In his nervousness, he cut himself, standing back and watching the blood trickle down his cheek; a small spot settling on the collar of his shirt.
1.2chiefly British A pimple.
1.3 archaic A moral blemish or stain.
1.4chiefly North American A pip on a domino, playing card, or die.
1.5 [in combination] informal , chiefly North American A banknote of a specified value: a ten-spot
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.
2.1 [with adjective] 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.
2.2A position within a listing; a 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.
2.3 Sports An advantage allowed to a player as a handicap.
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, slot, space
3 informal , chiefly British A small amount of something: a spot of rain
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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.
4 [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.
5 short for spotlight.

verbo (spots, spotting, spotted)

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1 [with object] 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
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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, note, discern, detect, perceive, make out, recognize, identify, locate;
literary behold, espy
1.1 (usually be spotted) Recognize that (someone) has a particular talent, especially for sports 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.
1.2 [no object] Military Locate an enemy’s position, typically from the air: they were spotting for enemy aircraft
2 [with object] (usually be spotted) Mark with spots: the velvet was spotted with stains
2.1 [no object] Become marked with spots: a damp atmosphere causes the flowers to spot
2.2Cover (a surface or area) thinly: thorn trees spotted the land
2.3 archaic Stain or sully the moral character or qualities of.
3 [with object] Place (a billiard ball or football) on its designated starting point.
4 [with two objects] North American informal Give or lend (money) to (someone): I’ll spot you $300
4.1Allow (an advantage) to (someone) in a game or sport: the higher-rated team spots the lower-rated team the difference in their handicaps
5 [with object] Observe or assist (a gymnast) during a performance in order to minimize the chance of injury to the gymnast.


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'.


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.
informal fix, jam, hole, sticky situation, can of worms, pickle, scrape, hot water, Catch-22

on the spot

1Without any delay; immediately: he offered me the job on the spot
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  • Rider Strong nailed the audition with no direction whatsoever, and won the job on the spot.
  • They were offered jobs with his company on the spot.
  • When he displays his handiness with a temperamental car, he is offered a job on the spot.
2At the scene of an action or 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.

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.

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