verb (used with object), punc·tu·at·ed, punc·tu·at·ing.
verb (used without object), punc·tu·at·ed, punc·tu·at·ing.
Origin of punctuate
Examples from the Web for punctuates
The yellow ticking clock that punctuates every episode of 24 is simultaneously bombastic, methodical, menacing, and relentless.‘Live Another Day’ Review: Can Jack Bauer Save ‘24’ From Itself?|Jason Lynch|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She has smiling blue eyes behind square gray glasses and a ladylike grin that punctuates most of her encounters.Harper Lee’s Sister, Alice, Is 100, Still Practices Law, and Remembers Everything|Mary McDonagh Murphy|April 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It punctuates a joke, or puts that extra zing on a punch line.
Prebble punctuates the story with outlandish puppetry and other unexpected imagery, as well a kind of English music-hall levity.
The ministry of meal-time is twice blest: for prisoners and men without appetite it punctuates and makes time of eternity.The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)|Robert Louis Stevenson
He punctuates by an obdurate and conscientious method, and will have no italics upon any pretext.Campaigns of a Non-Combatant,|George Alfred Townsend
Turnbull misses the rhythmical play in the first and second 'though,' and punctuates the second so as to read with next line.The Complete Works of Richard Crashaw, Volume I (of 2)|Richard Crashaw
It punctuates and sets off the sense, and relieves our attention from the strain of suspended interest.Emerson and Other Essays|John Jay Chapman
She punctuates her animated conversation with the manager with smiles and nods.My Actor-Husband|Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for punctuates
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for punctuate
Word Origin and History for punctuates
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.