point up (something)

Definition of point up (something)

formal

  1. :  to bring attention to (something) :  to highlight or emphasize (something) The speaker pointed up the importance of improving public education. The destruction caused by the earthquake points up the need for improvements in construction standards.

Word by Word Definitions

pointplay
  1. :  an individual detail :  item

    :  a distinguishing detail

    :  the most important essential in a discussion or matter

  1. :  to furnish with a point :  sharpen

    :  to give added force, emphasis, or piquancy to

    :  to scratch out the old mortar from the joints of (as a brick wall) and fill in with new material

  1. :  in or into a higher position or level

    :  away from the center of the earth

    :  from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  1. :  risen above the horizon

    :  standing

    :  being out of bed

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

    :  up into or in the

    :  in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. :  one in a high or advantageous position

    :  an upward slope

    :  a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. :  to rise from a lying or sitting position

    :  to move upward :  ascend

    : used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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