Definition of punctuate
- the steady click of her needles punctuated the silence
- —Edith Wharton
Do you know how to punctuate a sentence correctly?
punctuated each and every word of his denial with a pound of his fist on the table
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First Known Use: circa 1766See Words from the same year
bear down on, make much of;
: to use punctuation marks in (a piece of writing)
: to interrupt or occur in (something) repeatedly
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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