Definition of point noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɔɪnt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɔɪnt//
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  1. 1  [countable] a thing that somebody says or writes giving their opinion or stating a fact She made several interesting points in the article. I take your point (= understand and accept what you are saying). He's just saying that to prove a point (= to show his idea is right). OK, you've made your point! see also talking point
  2. main idea
  3. 2  [countable] (also the point) the main or most important idea in something that is said or done The point is you shouldn't have to wait so long to see a doctor. I wish he would get to the point (= say it quickly). I'll come straight to the point: we need more money. Do you see my point (= understand)? I think I missed the point (= did not understand). You have a point (= your idea is right)—it would be better to wait till this evening. ‘There won’t be anywhere to park.’ ‘Oh, that’s a (good) point.’ (= I had not thought of that) It just isn't true. That's the whole point (= the only important fact). ‘He's been married before.’ ‘That's beside the point(= not important). I know it won't cost very much but that's not the point (= not the important thing).
  4. purpose
  5. 3  [uncountable, singular] the purpose or aim of something What's the point of all this violence? There's no point in getting angry. I don't see the point of doing it all again. The point of the lesson is to compare the two countries. Synonymspurposeaim intention plan point ideaThese are all words for talking about what somebody/​something intends to do or achieve.purpose what something is supposed to achieve; what somebody is trying to achieve:Our campaign’s main purpose is to raise money.aim what somebody is trying to achieve; what something is supposed to achieve:She went to London with the aim of finding a job. Our main aim is to increase sales in Europe.purpose or aim?Your purpose for doing something is your reason for doing it; your aim is what you want to achieve. Aim can suggest that you are only trying to achieve something; purpose gives a stronger sense of achievement being certain. Aim can be somebody’s aim or the aim of something. Purpose is more usually the purpose of something: you can talk about somebody’s purpose but that is more formal.intention what you intend to do:I have no intention of going to the wedding. She’s full of good intentions but they rarely work out.plan what you intend to do or achieve:There are no plans to build new offices.intention or plan?Your intentions are what you want to do, especially in the near future; your plans are what you have decided or arranged to do, often, but not always, in the longer term.point (rather informal) the purpose or aim of something:What’s the point of all this violence? The point of the lesson is to compare the two countries.idea (rather informal) the purpose of something; somebody’s aim:The whole idea of going was so that we could meet her new boyfriend. What’s the idea behind this?point or idea?Point is a more negative word than idea. If you say What’s the point…? you are suggesting that there is no point; if you say What’s the idea…? you are genuinely asking a question. Point, but not idea, is used to talk about things you feel annoyed or unhappy about:There’s no idea in… I don’t see the idea of…. Patterns with the purpose/​aim/​intention/​idea of doing something somebody’s intention/​plan to do something to have a(n) purpose/​aim/​intention/​plan/​point to achieve/​fulfil a(n) purpose/​aim
  6. detail
  7. 4  [countable] a particular detail or fact Here are the main points of the news. Can you explain that point again?
  8. quality
  9. 5  [countable] a particular quality or feature that somebody/something has Tact is not one of her strong points. Read the manual to learn the program's finer points (= small details). Living in Scotland has its good points but the weather is not one of them. One of the hotel's plus points (= good features) is that it is very central. see also selling point
  10. time
  11. 6   [countable] a particular time or stage of development The climber was at/on the point of death when they found him. We were on the point of giving up. Many people suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives. We had reached the point when there was no money left. At this point in time we just have to wait. At this point I don't care what you decide to do. see also high point, low point, saturation point, starting point, sticking point, turning point
  12. place
  13. 7  [countable] a particular place or area I'll wait for you at the meeting point in the arrivals hall. the point at which the river divides Draw a line from point A to point B. No parking beyond this point. Synonymsplacesite area position point location scene spot venueThese are all words for a particular area or part of an area, especially one used for a particular purpose or where somebody/​something is situated or happens.place a particular point, area, city, town, building, etc, especially one used for a particular purpose or where a particular thing happens:This would be a good place for a picnic.site the place where something, especially a building, is or will be situated; a place where something happened or that is used for a particular purpose:They’ve chosen a site for the new school.area a part of a room, building or particular space that is used for a special purpose; a particular place on an object:the hotel reception area Move the cursor to a blank area on the screen.position the place where a person or thing is situated; the place where somebody/​something is meant to be:From his position at the top of the hill, he could see the harbour. The position of somebody/​something is often temporary: the place where somebody/​something is at a particular time.point a particular place within an area, where something happens or is supposed to happen:the point at which the river divideslocation a place where something happens or exists, especially a place that is not named or not known:The company is moving to a new location.scene a place where something happens, especially something unpleasant:the scene of the accidentspot a particular point or area, especially one that has a particular character or where something particular happens:The lake is one of the local beauty spots.venue the place where people meet for an organized event such as a performance or sports event.Patterns at a place/​site/​position/​point/​location/​scene/​spot/​venue in a(n) place/​area/​position/​location/​venue the place/​site/​point/​location/​spot/​venue where… the right place/​site/​position/​location/​spot/​venue a central site/​position/​location/​venue the/​somebody’s/​something’s exact/​precise place/​site/​position/​point/​location/​spot see also focal point, jumping-off point, pinch point, three-point turn, vanishing point, vantage point
  14. direction
  15. 8[countable] one of the marks of direction around a compass the points of the compass (= N, S, E, W, etc.)
  16. in competition
  17. 9  [countable] (abbreviation pt) an individual unit that adds to a score in a game or sports competition to win/lose a point Australia finished 20 points ahead. They won on points (= by scoring more points rather than by completely defeating their opponents). see also brownie point, experience points, match point See related entries: Basketball
  18. measurement
  19. 10[countable] a mark or unit on a scale of measurement The party's share of the vote fell by ten percentage points. see also boiling point, freezing point, melting point
  20. sharp end
  21. 11  [countable] the sharp thin end of something the point of a pencil/knife/pin see also ballpoint, gunpoint, knifepoint
  22. land
  23. 12[countable] (also Point) a narrow piece of land that stretches into the sea The ship sailed around the point. Pagoda Point
  24. punctuation
  25. 13[countable] a small dot used in writing, especially the dot that separates a whole number from the part that comes after it two point six (2.6) a decimal point We broadcast on ninety-five point nine (95.9) FM. see also bullet point, full stop See related entries: Punctuation
  26. of light/colour
  27. 14[countable] a very small dot of light or colour The stars were points of light in the sky.
  28. for electricity
  29. 15[countable] (British English) a place in a wall, etc. where a piece of equipment can be connected to electricity a power/shaver/telephone point
  30. in ballet
  31. 16points [plural] = pointe
  32. on railway track
  33. 17points [plural] (British English) (North American English switch [countable]) a piece of track at a place where a railway/railroad line divides that can be moved to allow a train to change tracks See related entries: Railway tracks and stations
  34. size of letters
  35. 18[countable] a unit of measurement for the size of letters in printing or on a computer screen, etc. Change the text to 10 point.
  36. Word OriginMiddle English: the noun partly from Old French point, from Latin punctum ‘something that is pricked’, giving rise to the senses ‘unit, mark, point in space or time’; partly from Old French pointe, from Latin puncta ‘pricking’, giving rise to the senses ‘sharp tip, promontory’. The verb is from Old French pointer, and in some senses from the English noun.Extra examples After players accumulate enough points, they may exchange them for a wide variety of merchandise. At one point he looked like winning. At this point we can’t give you a final answer. Baja California is the crossing point for most illegal immigrants to the US. Break up your text with bullet points. He covers the key points in his introduction. He had reached the high point of his career. He had trouble getting his point across. His popularity rose by 18 points in public opinion polls. His remarks were brief and to the point. Hurry up and get to the point! I didn’t get the point of the story. I do agree with her final point. I don’t see the point in arguing. I see your point. I understand what you’re saying—there’s no need to labour the point. I’m deducting a point from the total score. I’ve got to the point where his father is dying. I’ve reached the point= in a book, etc. where his father is dying. Interest rates fell by one percentage point. It doesn’t have any point to it. It took me a few minutes to get the point. It’s set point to Henman. More to the point, did they get away? Name the film and, for a bonus point, name the actress. Point taken. Points are awarded to the winner of each round. Senate Democrats issued these talking points. She banged on the table to emphasize her point. She has a point. She made some interesting points. She’s averaged 19 points per game in her last seven games. She’s got a point. That proves my point. That’s beside the point. The CAC-40 index is down 67 points at 4413. The Nikkei index rose 710 points to 14894. The basic point is that… The book provides a focal point for such discussions. The committee recommended a number of action points to avoid such problems in the future. The index was down only 4.6 points at the close. The possibility of an interest rate cut is a major talking point in the City. The product sold at about a $100 price point. The target is for an average rise of two points a year from 2010 to 2020. The technology has reached a tipping point. The ten-year Treasury yield declined 9 basis points to 4.0%. Their anger finally reached the flash point. There comes a point in most people’s lives when they want to settle down. There is only one point of difference between the two models. There’s absolutely no point in complaining now. They argued the point for hours. This is definitely a critical point in my life right now. This proved to be the turning point of the game. This was a sore point for Hemingway. This website is an excellent beginning point for any pianist. We discussed the finer points of growing roses. We worked all night to the point of collapse. What’s the point of worrying? a convenient midway point between Memphis and St. Louis a personal tally of 28 points a sticking point in the potential deal an excellent access point into Glacier National Park by the time the movie has reached its halfway point from one improbable plot point to another jumping-off points for further research on the point of departure one stopping point on their tour of the shrines pressures points on the foot the focal point of his life the major selling point of the line the starting and ending point for most safaris to achieve an improvement of over 4.6 points in operating ratio to fill a bag to bursting point well below its financial break-even point ‘He’s been married before.’ ‘That’s beside the point. ‘There won’t be anywhere to park.’ ‘Oh, that’s a (good) point.’ An important point has been missed out. At this point I don’t care what you decide to do. At this point in time we just have to wait. Could you explain that point again? Do you see my point? He summarized all the salient points of the case. He’s just saying that to prove a point. How long it will last is a moot point. I don’t see the point of doing it all again. I know it won’t cost very much but that’s not the point. I should like to highlight the key points. I think I missed the point. I wish he would get to the point. I’ll come straight to the point : we need more money. I’ll wait for you at the meeting point in the arrivals hall. It just isn’t true. That’s the whole point. OK, you’ve made your point! One of the hotel’s plus points is that it is very central. Read the manual to learn the program’s finer points. She pressed so hard that the point of the pencil made a hole in the paper. Tact is not one of her strong points. The climber was at the point of death when they found him. The point is you shouldn’t have to wait so long to see a doctor. There are one or two points that aren’t yet clear. They are so small that several of them could easily fit on the point of a pin. They won on points. This could be the sticking point in the negotiations. Use the point of a knife to remove the seeds. We have passed the point of no return. What’s the point of all this violence? You have a point —it would be better to wait till this evening. You’re missing the point : we don’t doubt his enthusiasm, only his ability. to reach boiling/​freezing/​melting/​saturation point to win/​lose a pointIdioms (formal) to repeat an idea, argument, etc. many times to emphasize it, especially when it has already been mentioned or understood I don’t want to belabour the point, but it’s vital you understand how important this is. a clear example of the problem, situation, etc. that is being discussed
    if/when it comes to the point
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    used when you have to decide something or say what you really think When it comes to the point, he always changes his mind.
    used to say what is true in a situation In point of fact, she is their adopted daughter. to continue to repeat or explain something that has already been said and understood I understand what you’re saying—there’s no need to labour the point.
    make a point of doing something
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    to be or make sure you do something because it is important or necessary I made a point of closing all the windows before leaving the house.
    (British English, North American English) a matter about which there may be disagreement or confusion Whether this should be enforced by law or not is a moot point. used to say that something is more important than something else I couldn't do the job—I've never been to Spain and, more to the point, I don't speak Spanish.
    not to put too fine a point on it
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    used to emphasize something that is expressed clearly and directly, especially a criticism Not to put too fine a point on it, I think you are lying.
      on point (North American English)
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    1. 1appropriate or relevant to the situation The quotation was directly on point. Let's stay on point. None of the replies was on point.
    2. 2(informal) perfect; exactly right for the occasion The music here is totally on point.
    a place where you go or a person that you speak to when you are dealing with an organization The receptionist is the first point of contact most people have with the clinic.
    1. 1a place where a journey starts
    2. 2(formal) an idea, a theory or an event that is used to start a discussion, an activity, etc.
    a thing that somebody considers to be very important for their honour or reputation the time when you must continue with what you have decided to do, because it is not possible to get back to an earlier situation used to say that you accept that somebody else is right when they have disagreed with you or criticized you Point taken. Let's drop the subject.
    score a point/points (off/against/over somebody)
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    = score off somebody
    a subject that makes you feel angry or upset when it is mentioned It's a sore point with Sue's parents that the children have not been baptized yet. See related entries: Anger to allow or do something that is not usually acceptable, especially because of a particular situation I was hoping they would stretch a point and let me stay on for a while. expressed in a simple, clear way without any extra information or feelings synonym pertinent The letter was short and to the point.
    to the point of (doing) something
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    to a degree that can be described as something He was rude to the point of being aggressive.
    up to a (certain) point
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    to some extent; to some degree but not completely I agree with you up to a point.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: point