Definition of punctuate
punctuatorplay \-ˌwā-tər\ noun
Examples of punctuate in a sentence
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punctuated each and every word of his denial with a pound of his fist on the table
Origin and Etymology of punctuate
Medieval Latin punctuatus, past participle of punctuare to point, provide with punctuation marks, from Latin punctus point
First Known Use: circa 1766
PUNCTUATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of punctuate for English Language Learners
: to use punctuation marks in (a piece of writing)
: to interrupt or occur in (something) repeatedly
PUNCTUATE Defined for Kids
Definition of punctuate for Students
1 : to add punctuation marks to writing
2 : to interrupt or occur in repeatedly His speech was punctuated by applause.
3 : to give emphasis to She kept talking, using her hands sometimes to punctuate a point. — Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck
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