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
Recent Examples of punctuate from the Web
Punctuated by bluesy wails, handclaps, and jazzy instrumentation, this year's soul/rock lineup commands attention.
Finally, freedom for Europe through victories in three world wars, punctuated by the landing at Normandy and the simple genius of Ronald Reagan, the likes of which was still needed to bring liberty to the rest of the world.
To punctuate how personal and threatening Comey’s testimony was, Marc Kasowitz, the president’s personal lawyer, offered a public and point-by-point rebuttal on Thursday afternoon.
Ellis followed directions to the spot and crossed a field punctuated by hedgerows.
At the topping off, a Swinerton Builders crane slowly lifted the beam to the hotel’s top floor, with its arrival punctuated by the explosion of fireworks.
Her warm and loquacious manner is punctuated by her trademark and infectiously jolly guffaw, which was immortalized on Top Chef, for better or for worse.
The use of such grandiose language to describe the mundanity of the characters’ lives creates a comical undertone punctuated by hyperbole.
Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin used the news to punctuate a point he's made for months — that the state can help itself by investing in its urban centers.
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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 1766See Words from the same year
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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