verb (used with object), punc·tu·at·ed, punc·tu·at·ing.
verb (used without object), punc·tu·at·ed, punc·tu·at·ing.
- punctuated equilibrium,
- punctuation mark,
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|Jamelle Bouie|October 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
These manic episodes, however, only punctuate a life that is most fundamentally pathetic.
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|Lauren Ashburn|July 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
If doubt still remains, remember that it is better to punctuate too little than too much.Journalism for Women|E.A. Bennett
The letter open, she began to punctuate her reading of it with little soft "oh's" now and then, and an upraised hand.Jimmy Quixote|Tom Gallon
The stem is stout, vermilion, somewhat orange at the top, reticulate or punctuate.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise|M. E. Hard
Lawyer Gooch's client banged his fist upon the table to punctuate his generosity.Whirligigs|O. Henry
They punctuate a fresh name under the old one, and let the register increase, until sometimes there is not a vacant place.Black Diamonds|Mr Jkai
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin 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.