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Definition of punctuate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they punctuate
    he / she / it punctuates
    past simple punctuated
    -ing form punctuating
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  1. 1[transitive, often passive] punctuate something (with something) to interrupt something at intervals Her speech was punctuated by bursts of applause. He punctuates his conversation with snatches of song.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] punctuate (something) to divide writing into sentences and phrases by using special marks, for example commas, question marks, etc.
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