- to mark or divide (something written) with punctuation marks in order to make the meaning clear.
- to interrupt at intervals: Cheers punctuated the mayor's speech.
- to give emphasis or force to; emphasize; underline.
- to insert or use marks of punctuation.
Origin of punctuate
Examples from the Web for punctuate
At each point, the audience was eager to punctuate his rhetoric with cheers and applause.At the Values Voter Summit, It’s YOLO Conservatism
October 12, 2013
These manic episodes, however, only punctuate a life that is most fundamentally pathetic.David's Bookclub: Sodom and Gomorrah
September 29, 2012
He even went so far as to punctuate the scoop with an exclamation point!How the Drudge Report, With Its Condoleezza Rice ‘Scoop,’ Again Rules the Media
July 15, 2012
Hattie began rocking, in a rapid staccato, to punctuate her speech.Tiverton Tales
In such cases the compositor should punctuate as he goes along.Punctuation
Frederick W. Hamilton
There we punctuate the full stop to our inquiries; we have the secret.The Amazing Marriage, Complete
He banged the table with his riding-crop to punctuate the emphasis.The Ghost Breaker
When a writer does not know how to punctuate his own language at any point he uses a dash.Why We Punctuate
William Livingston Klein
- (also intr) to insert punctuation marks into (a written text)
- to interrupt or insert at frequent intervalsa meeting punctuated by heckling
- to give emphasis to
Word Origin and History for punctuate
1630s, "to point out," from Medieval Latin punctuatus, past participle of punctuare, from Latin punctus (see point (n.)). Meaning in reference to text, "to have pauses or stops indicated," is from 1818, probably a back-formation from punctuation. Hence, "interrupted at intervals" (1833). Related: Punctuated; punctuating.