punctuate
verb (-ated; -ating) Etymology: Medieval Latin punctuatus, past participle of punctuare to point, provide with punctuation marks, from Latin punctus point Date: circa 1766 transitive verb 1. to mark or divide (written matter) with punctuation marks 2. to break into or interrupt at intervals <
the steady click of her needles punctuated the silence — Edith Wharton
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3. accentuate, emphasize intransitive verb to use punctuation marks • punctuator noun

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  • Punctuate — Punc tu*ate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Punctuated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Punctuating}.] [Cf. F. ponctuer. See {Punctual}.] To mark with points; to separate into sentences, clauses, etc., by points or stops which mark the proper pauses in expressing the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • punctuate — index discontinue (break continuity), interrupt, reaffirm Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • punctuate — (v.) 1630s, to point out, from M.L. punctuatus, pp. of punctuare, from L. punctus (see POINT (Cf. point)). Meaning in text, to have pauses or stops indicated, is from 1818. Hence, interrupted at intervals (1833). Related: Punctuated; punctuating …   Etymology dictionary

  • punctuate — [v] lay stress on accent, accentuate, break, divide, emphasize, interject, interrupt, intersect, intersperse, mark, pepper*, point, point up*, separate, sprinkle, stress, underline; concepts 49,79,98,266 …   New thesaurus

  • punctuate — ► VERB 1) interrupt at intervals throughout. 2) insert punctuation marks in. ORIGIN Latin punctuare bring to a point …   English terms dictionary

  • punctuate — [puŋk′cho͞o āt΄] vt. punctuated, punctuating [< ML punctuatus, pp. of punctuare < L punctus, a POINT] 1. to insert a punctuation mark or marks in 2. to break in on here and there; interrupt [a speech punctuated with applause] 3. to… …   English World dictionary

  • punctuate — verb 1) how to punctuate direct speech Syn: add punctuation to, put punctuation marks in 2) slides were used to punctuate the talk Syn: break up, interrupt, intersperse, pepper …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • punctuate — UK [ˈpʌŋktʃueɪt] / US [ˈpʌŋktʃuˌeɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms punctuate : present tense I/you/we/they punctuate he/she/it punctuates present participle punctuating past tense punctuated past participle punctuated to use full… …   English dictionary

  • punctuate — verb Punctuate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑sentence, ↑silence …   Collocations dictionary

  • punctuate — [ pʌŋ(k)tʃʊeɪt, tjʊ ] verb 1》 insert punctuation marks in (text). 2》 occur at intervals throughout.     ↘(punctuate something with) interrupt an activity with. Origin C17 (in the sense point out ): from med. L. punctuat , punctuare bring to a… …   English new terms dictionary

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