Definition of point verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɔɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔɪnt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they point
    BrE BrE//pɔɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔɪnt//
    he / she / it points
    BrE BrE//pɔɪnts//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔɪnts//
    past simple pointed
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔɪntɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔɪntɪd//
    past participle pointed
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔɪntɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔɪntɪd//
    -ing form pointing
    BrE BrE//ˈpɔɪntɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɔɪntɪŋ//
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    show with finger
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive, no passive] to stretch out your finger or something held in your hand towards somebody/something in order to show somebody where a person or thing is point (at/to/towards somebody/something) ‘What's your name?’ he asked, pointing at the child with his pen. ‘That's my mother,’ she said, pointing at a photo on the wall. He pointed to the spot where the house used to stand. She pointed in my direction. It's rude to point! point something She pointed her finger in my direction.
  2. aim
  3. 2  [transitive] point something (at somebody/something) to aim something at somebody/something He pointed the gun at her head. A hundred camera lenses were being pointed at her.
  4. face direction
  5. 3  [intransitive] + adv./prep. to face in or be directed towards a particular direction The telescope was pointing in the wrong direction. The signpost pointed straight ahead. A compass needle points north.
  6. lead to
  7. 4[intransitive, transitive] to lead to or suggest a particular development or logical argument + adv./prep. The evidence seems to point in that direction. point the way + adv./prep. The fans are looking to the new players to point the way to victory.
  8. show the way
  9. 5[transitive] to show somebody which way to go point somebody + adv./prep. I wonder if you could point me in the right direction for the bus station. point the way + adv./prep. A series of yellow arrows pointed the way to reception.
  10. wall
  11. 6[transitive] point something to put mortar between the bricks of a wall The house needs pointing before winter.
  12. Word OriginMiddle English: the noun partly from Old French point, from Latin punctum ‘something that is pricked’, giving rise to the senses ‘unit, mark, point in space or time’; partly from Old French pointe, from Latin puncta ‘pricking’, giving rise to the senses ‘sharp tip, promontory’. The verb is from Old French pointer, and in some senses from the English noun.Extra examples ‘You must cross that field,’ she said, pointing the way. As you so rightly pointed out, our funds are not unlimited. Fragments of woven cloth at the site clearly point to the production of textiles. He pointed in the direction of the beach. His wife pointed out tartly that none of them were exactly starving. Lee pointed accusingly at Tyler. Let me to hasten to point out that this is not a marketing book. She pointed with her finger at the map. She tried in vain to point out to him the unfairness of the situation. She was at pains to point out that she was no newcomer to the area. The evidence all seems to point to one conclusion. The gun was pointing straight at me. The symptoms point directly to appendicitis. The toddler pointed to the toy he wanted. They would not hesitate to point out anything they found objectionable. You were right to point out that this is only one of the difficulties we face. as repeatedly pointed out by President Obama ‘What’s your name?’ he asked, pointing at the child with his pen. A series of yellow arrows pointed the way to the reception desk. Could you point me in the right direction for the bus station?Idioms
    point a/the finger (at somebody)
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    to accuse somebody of doing something The article points an accusing finger at the authorities.
    Phrasal Verbspoint out somebodypoint out (to somebody)point to somethingpoint somethingup
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