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punctuate

[ puhngk-choo-eyt ]
/ 藞p蕦艐k t蕛u藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), punc路tu路at路ed, punc路tu路at路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路tu路at路ed, punc路tu路at路ing.
to insert or use marks of punctuation.
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Origin of punctuate

1625鈥35; <Medieval Latin p奴nctu膩tus (past participle of p奴nctu膩re to point), derivative of Latin p奴nctus a pricking; see punctual

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British Dictionary definitions for punctuate

punctuate
/ (藞p蕦艐ktj蕣藢e瑟t) /

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 punctu膩re to prick, from Latin punctum a prick, from pungere to puncture
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