spot synonym, spot definition | Thesaurus

Search also in: Web News Encyclopedia Images



1    blemish, blot, blotch, daub, discoloration, flaw, mark, pimple, plook     (Scot.)   pustule, scar, smudge, speck, speckle, stain, taint, zit     (slang)  
2    locality, location, place, point, position, scene, site, situation  
3      (informal)   bit, little, morsel, splash  
4      (informal)   difficulty, hot water     (informal)   mess, plight, predicament, quandary, tight spot, trouble  
5    behold     (archaic or literary)   catch sight of, descry, detect, discern, espy, identify, make out, observe, pick out, recognize, see, sight  
6    besmirch, blot, dirty, dot, fleck, mark, mottle, scar, smirch, soil, spatter, speckle, splodge, splotch, stain, sully, taint, tarnish  

soft spot     
fondness, liking, partiality, weakness  
accurate, correct, exact, hitting the nail on the head     (informal)   on the bull's-eye     (informal)   on the money     (U.S.)   precise, punctual (to the minute), right, unerring  
English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  


  ( spots    plural & 3rd person present)   ( spotting    present participle)   ( spotted    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   Spots are small, round, coloured areas on a surface.  
usu pl  
The leaves have yellow areas on the top and underneath are powdery orange spots..., The swimsuit comes in navy with white spots or blue with green spots.     
2       n-count   Spots on a person's skin are small lumps or marks.  
usu pl  
Never squeeze blackheads, spots or pimples.     
3       n-count   A spot of a liquid is a small amount of it.  
  (mainly BRIT)   N of n  
Spots of rain had begun to fall...     
4       quant   If you have a spot of something, you have a small amount of it.  
  (mainly BRIT)   QUANT of n-uncount   (=bit)  
Mr Brooke is undoubtedly in a spot of bother..., We've given all the club members tea, coffee and a spot of lunch.     
5       n-count   You can refer to a particular place as a spot.  
usu supp N  
They stayed at several of the island's top tourist spots..., They all stood there staring, as if frozen to the spot.     
6       n-count   A spot in a television or radio show is a part of it that is regularly reserved for a particular performer or type of entertainment.  
usu with supp   (=slot)  
Unsuccessful at screen writing, he got a spot on a CNN film show.     
7       verb   If you spot something or someone, you notice them.  
Vicenzo failed to spot the error...      V n  
    black spot  
    blind spot  
8    If you are on the spot, you are at the actual place where something is happening.  
on the spot      phrase   v-link PHR  
...areas where troops are on the spot and protecting civilians...     
9    If you do something on the spot, you do it immediately.  
on the spot      phrase   PHR after v, PHR n  
James was called to see the producer and got the job on the spot...     
10    If you put someone on the spot, you cause them to have to answer a difficult question or make a difficult decision.  
put on the spot      phrase   V inflects  
He put me on the spot a bit because he invited me right in front of his mum and I didn't particularly want to go..., Even clever people are not terribly clever when put on the spot.     
    rooted to the spot  
    to have a soft spot for someone  

beauty spot        ( beauty spots    plural  )
1       n-count   A beauty spot is a place in the country that is popular because of its beautiful scenery.  
The Valley of Vinales is a lush and fertile valley and one of Cuba's finest beauty spots.     
2       n-count   A beauty spot is a small, dark spot on the skin which is supposed to add to a woman's beauty.  
black spot        ( black spots    plural  ) , blackspot  
1       n-count   If you describe a place, time, or part of a situation as a black spot, you mean that it is particularly bad or likely to cause problems.  
There are recognised black spots in marriages which can lead to trouble...     
2       n-count   A black spot is a place on a road where accidents often happen.  
The accident happened on a notorious black spot on the A43.     
blind spot        ( blind spots    plural  )
1       n-count   If you say that someone has a blind spot about something, you mean that they seem to be unable to understand it or to see how important it is.  
The prime minister has a blind spot on ethical issues..., When I was single I never worried about money<endash>it was a bit of a blind spot.     
2       n-count   A blind spot is an area in your range of vision that you cannot see properly but which you really should be able to see. For example, when you are driving a car, the area just behind your shoulders is often a blind spot.  
high spot        ( high spots    plural  ) The high spotof an event or activity is the most exciting or enjoyable part of it.      n-count   oft N of n   (=highlight)  
Rough weather would have denied us a landing on the island, for me the high spot of the entire cruise.     
hot spot        ( hot spots    plural  ) , hotspot  
1       n-count   You can refer to an exciting place where there is a lot of activity or entertainment as a hot spot.  
INFORMAL   ...a popular and lively package tour hotspot.     
2       n-count   You can refer to an area where there is fighting or serious political trouble as a hot spot.     (JOURNALISM)  
There were many hot spots in the region, where fighting had been going on.     
On-the-spot things are done at the place that you are in at the time that you are there.      adj   ADJ n  
Rail travellers who try to avoid paying their fares could face on-the-spot fines.     
spot check        ( spot checks    plural  ) , spot-check   If someone carries out a spot check, they examine one thing from a group in order to make sure that it is satisfactory.      n-count   oft N on n  
spot-on      , spot on  
Spot-on means exactly correct or accurate.  
INFORMAL      adj   usu v-link ADJ  
Schools were told their exam information had to be spot-on and accurate.     
trouble spot        ( trouble spots    plural  ) , trouble-spot   A trouble spot is a country or an area of a country where there is repeated fighting between two or more groups of people.      n-count  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  

See also:

soft spot, sport, spout, spotty

Collaborative Dictionary     English Thesaurus
The specular reflection of light from the surface of an eye in a photograph visible as a bright white spot on the eye.
The separate lights of the studio flash kit should be positioned so that the portrait exhibits only one catchlight per eye.
To add entries to your own vocabulary, become a member of Reverso community or login if you are already a member. It's easy and only takes a few seconds:
Or sign up in the traditional way