American English

Definition of point verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they point
    he / she / it points
    past simple pointed
    -ing form pointing
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    show with finger
  1. 1[intransitive, transitive, no passive] to stretch out your finger or something held in your hand toward someone or something in order to show someone where a person or thing is point (at/to/toward 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 someone or 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 toward 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 someone 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. Idioms
    point the/a finger (at somebody)
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    to accuse someone of doing something We often point the finger at someone else when things go wrong. The article points an accusing finger at the authorities.
    Phrasal Verbspoint somebody/somethingout (to somebody)point out (to somebody)point to somethingpoint somethingup
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