[ puhngk-choo-eyt ]
/ ˈpʌŋk tʃuˌeɪt /
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verb (used with object), punc·tu·at·ed, punc·tu·at·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), punc·tu·at·ed, punc·tu·at·ing.

to insert or use marks of punctuation.



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Origin of punctuate

1625–35; <Medieval Latin pūnctuātus (past participle of pūnctuāre to point), derivative of Latin pūnctus a pricking; see punctual


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British Dictionary definitions for punctuate

/ (ˈpʌŋktjʊˌeɪt) /

verb (mainly tr)

(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

Derived forms of punctuate

punctuator, noun

Word Origin for punctuate

C17: from Medieval Latin punctuāre to prick, from Latin punctum a prick, from pungere to puncture
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