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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpʌŋktjuːeɪt/
Audio (RP) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): [ˈpʌŋkʃuːeɪt]
- (transitive) To add punctuation to.
- That occurrence of "its" needs to be punctuated as "it's".
- (transitive) To add or to interrupt at regular intervals.
- My father punctuated his tirade with thumps on the desk.
- 2020 October 15, Frank Pasquale, “‘Machines set loose to slaughter’: the dangerous rise of military AI”, in The Guardian:
- Most soldiers would testify that the everyday experience of war is long stretches of boredom punctuated by sudden, terrifying spells of disorder.
- (transitive) To emphasize; to stress.
add punctuation to
add or interrupt at regular intervals
emphasize, stress — see emphasize
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
Translations to be checked
- punctuate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- punctuate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.