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punctuate

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verb, punc·tu·ate \ˈpəŋk-chə-ˌwāt\

Simple Definition of punctuate

  • : to use punctuation marks in (a piece of writing)

  • : to interrupt or occur in (something) repeatedly

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of punctuate

punctuatedpunctuating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to mark or divide (written matter) with punctuation marks

  3. 2 :  to break into or interrupt at intervals <the steady click of her needles punctuated the silence — Edith Wharton>

  4. 3 :  accentuate, emphasize

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to use punctuation marks

punctuator play \-ˌwā-tər\ noun

Examples of punctuate in a sentence

  1. Do you know how to punctuate a sentence correctly?

  2. <punctuated each and every word of his denial with a pound of his fist on the table>



Origin of punctuate

Medieval Latin punctuatus, past participle of punctuare to point, provide with punctuation marks, from Latin punctus point


First Known Use: circa 1766

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PUNCTUATE Defined for Kids

punctuate

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verb punc·tu·ate \ˈpəŋk-chə-ˌwāt\

Definition of punctuate for Students

punctuatedpunctuating

  1. 1 :  to add punctuation marks to writing

  2. 2 :  to interrupt or occur in repeatedly <His speech was punctuated by applause.>

  3. 3 :  to give emphasis to <She kept talking, using her hands sometimes to punctuate a point. — Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck>





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