What does punctuate mean?

Definitions for punctuate
ˈpʌŋk tʃuˌeɪtpunc·tu·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. punctuate, markverb

    insert punctuation marks into

  2. stress, emphasize, emphasise, punctuate, accent, accentuateverb

    to stress, single out as important

    "Dr. Jones emphasizes exercise in addition to a change in diet"

  3. punctuateverb

    interrupt periodically

    "Her sharp questions punctuated the speaker's drone"


  1. punctuateverb

    Add punctuation to.

    That occurrence of "its" needs to be punctuated.

  2. punctuateverb

    vary; interrupt; give structure

    The pristine lawn was punctuated only by the single apple tree in the centre.

  3. Etymology: From punctuare, from punctus, perfect passive participle of pungo; see point, and compare punch and punctate.


  1. punctuate

    To punctuate means to insert or use various marks (such as periods, commas, question marks, exclamation marks, etc.) in a written text for the purpose of separating sentences and their elements and to clarify meaning. It can also refer to the process of emphasizing or interrupting something in order to enhance its impact or importance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Punctuateverb

    to mark with points; to separate into sentences, clauses, etc., by points or stops which mark the proper pauses in expressing the meaning

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. ponctuer. See Punctual.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Punctuate

    pungk′tū-āt, v.t. to mark with points: to divide sentences by the usual points or marks: to emphasise.—adv. Punc′tuātim, point for point.—n. Punctuā′tion, the act or art of dividing sentences by points or marks.—adj. Punc′tuātive.—n. Punc′tuātor.—Punctuation marks, the comma, semicolon, colon, period, &c.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of punctuate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of punctuate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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