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

     

    puncture

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they puncture
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃər//
     
    he / she / it punctures
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃərz//
     
    past simple punctured
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃərd//
     
    past participle punctured
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃərd//
     
    -ing form puncturing
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌŋktʃərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌŋktʃərɪŋ//
     
     
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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 tyre She was taken to the hospital with broken ribs and a punctured lung. One of the front tyres had punctured.
  2. 2[transitive] puncture something to suddenly make somebody feel less confident, proud, etc. to puncture somebody’s confidence The earlier mood of optimism had been punctured.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin punctura, from punct- ‘pricked’, from the verb pungere. The verb dates from the late 17th cent.
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