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Definition of puncture verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they puncture
    he / she / it punctures
    past simple punctured
    -ing form puncturing
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  1. 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. 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.
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