- 1[transitive, intransitive] puncture (something) to make a small hole in something; to get a small hole to puncture a tyre She was taken to the hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung. One of the front tyres had punctured.
- 2[transitive] puncture something to suddenly make somebody feel less confident, proud, etc. to puncture somebody’s confidence The earlier mood of optimism had been punctured. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin punctura, from punct-
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they puncture
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃər//he / she / it punctures
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃərz//past simple punctured
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃərd//past participle punctured
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃərd//-ing form puncturing
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃərɪŋ//