- 1[transitive, intransitive] puncture (something) to make a small hole in something; to get a small hole to puncture a tire She was taken to the hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung. One of the front tires had punctured.
- 2[transitive] puncture something to suddenly make someone feel less confident, proud, etc. to puncture someone's confidence The earlier mood of optimism had been punctured.
NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they puncture
he / she / it punctures
past simple punctured
-ing form puncturing