- 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[intransitive, transitive] punctuate (something) to divide writing into sentences and phrases by using special marks, for example commas, question marks, etc. See related entries: Punctuation Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘point out’): from medieval Latin punctuat-
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they punctuate
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪt//he / she / it punctuates
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪts//past simple punctuated
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪtɪd//past participle punctuated
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪtɪd//-ing form punctuating
BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃueɪtɪŋ//Punctuation