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

     

    punt1

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pʌnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʌnt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they punt
    BrE BrE//pʌnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʌnt//
     
    he / she / it punts
    BrE BrE//pʌnts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pʌnts//
     
    past simple punted
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌntɪd//
     
    past participle punted
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌntɪd//
     
    -ing form punting
    BrE BrE//ˈpʌntɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌntɪŋ//
     
    Travelling by boat or ship
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] punt (something) (+ adv./prep.) to travel in a punt1, especially for pleasure We spent the day punting on the river. to go punting See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  2. 2[transitive] punt something (+ adv./prep.) to kick a ball hard so that it goes a long way, sometimes after it has dropped from your hands and before it reaches the ground I punted the ball upfield.
  3. Word Originverb sense 1 Old English, from Latin ponto, denoting a flat-bottomed ferry boat; readopted in the early 16th cent. from Middle Low German punte or Middle Dutch ponte ‘ferry boat’, of the same origin. verb sense 2 mid 19th cent.: probably from dialect punt ‘push forcibly’. Compare with bunt.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: punt

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