American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To provide (a text) with punctuation marks.
- v. To interrupt periodically: "lectures punctuated by questions and discussions” ( Gilbert Highet). "[There is] a great emptiness in America's West punctuated by Air Force bases” ( Alfred Kazin).
- v. To stress or emphasize.
- v. To use punctuation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In writing and printing, to mark with points in some significant manner; specifically, to divide into sentences and parts of sentences by the conventional signs called points or marks of punctuation: as, to punctuate one's letters carefully. See punctuation.
- Figuratively, to emphasize by some significant or forcible action; enforce the important parts or points of in some special manner: as, to punctuate one's remarks by gestures.
- In entomology, same as punctured.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To mark with points; to separate into sentences, clauses, etc., by points or stops which mark the proper pauses in expressing the meaning.
- v. interrupt periodically
- v. insert punctuation marks into
- v. to stress, single out as important
- From Medieval Latin punctuare ("to mark with points"), from Latin punctus, perfect passive participle of pungō ("I prick, punch"); see point, and compare punch and punctate. (Wiktionary)
- Medieval Latin pūnctuāre, pūnctuāt-, from Latin pūnctum, point, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Children are amazing for so many reasons and one of them is that they kind of punctuate your life.”
“Like most historians, I punctuate the my linear time line with stories about people, buildings, and events, pulling facts and figures together into a coherent narrative.”
“We're willing enough to go along with this dubious plot point and several jarringly melodramatic episodes that punctuate an otherwise coherent narrative.”
“The belches just come whenever they come — that keeps it fresh," he says of the burps that punctuate the monologue.”
“The occasional shocks it delivers as revelatory images and bits of information punctuate the narrator's recitation effectively substitute for straightforward plot progression.”
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“So let a slipper in velvet, silk or sequin peek out from the skirt of your evening gown or punctuate a short cocktail shift and make the best kind of statement: an understated one.”
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