spot NOUN 1) a small round mark differing in colour or texture from the surface around it. 2) a pimple. 3) a particular place, point, or position. 4) a place for an individual item in a show. 5) informal, chiefly Brit. a small amount: a spot of lunch.
VERB (spotted, spotting) 1) notice or recognize (someone or something) that is difficult to detect or that one is searching for. 2) mark with spots. 3) (it spots, it is spotting, etc.) rain slightly.
in a spot — Cf. ↑in a spot
on the spot — Cf. ↑on the spot
put on the spot — Cf. ↑put on the spot
DERIVATIVES spotted adjective.
ORIGIN perhaps from Dutch spotte.

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