Punctuate Definition

punctuated, punctuates, punctuating
punctuated, punctuates, punctuating
To insert a punctuation mark or marks in.
Webster's New World
To break in on here and there; interrupt.
A speech punctuated with applause.
Webster's New World
To use punctuation marks.
Webster's New World
To emphasize; accentuate.
Webster's New World

Origin of Punctuate

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Medieval Latin pūnctuāre pūnctuāt- from Latin pūnctum point from neuter past participle of pungere to prick peuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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