- 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 [intransitive, transitive] punctuate (something) to divide writing into sentences and phrases by using special marks, for example commas, question marks, etc.
NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃuˌeɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they punctuate
he / she / it punctuates
past simple punctuated
-ing form punctuating