Definition of punctuate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    punctuate

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃuˌeɪt//
     
    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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