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Definition of punctuate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    punctuate

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
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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. See related entries: Punctuation
  3. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘point out’): from medieval Latin punctuat- ‘brought to a point’, from the verb punctuare, from punctum ‘a point’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: punctuate