point up (something)

phrasal verb
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of point up (something)

formal
: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

point play
  1. : an individual detail : item

  2. : a distinguishing detail

  3. : the most important essential in a discussion or matter

  1. : to furnish with a point : sharpen

  2. : to give added force, emphasis, or piquancy to

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

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

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

  2. : up into or in the

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

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

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

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective


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