- to insert a punctuation mark or marks in
- to break in on here and there; interrupt: a speech punctuated with applause
- to emphasize; accentuate
Origin of punctuate; from Medieval Latin punctuatus, past participle of punctuare ; from Classical Latin punctus, a point
to use punctuation marks
verbpunc·tu·at·ed, punc·tu·at·ing, punc·tu·ates
- To provide (a text) with punctuation marks.
- To occur or 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).
- To stress or emphasize.
To use punctuation.
Origin of punctuateMedieval Latin p&umacron;nctuare, p&umacron;nctuat-, from Latin p&umacron;nctum, point, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present punctuates, present participle punctuating, simple past and past participle punctuated)