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PUNCTUATE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does punctuate mean? 

PUNCTUATE (verb)
  The verb PUNCTUATE has 3 senses:

1. insert punctuation marks into
2. to stress, single out as important
3. interrupt periodically

  Familiarity information: PUNCTUATE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PUNCTUATE (verb)


Sense 1punctuate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Insert punctuation marks into

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

punctuate; mark

Hypernyms (to "punctuate" is one way to...):

add (make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "punctuate"):

quote (put quote marks around)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2punctuate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To stress, single out as important

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

accent; accentuate; emphasize; stress; emphasise; punctuate

Context example:

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

Hypernyms (to "punctuate" is one way to...):

evince; express; show (give expression to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "punctuate"):

background; downplay; play down (understate the importance or quality of)

bring out; set off (direct attention to, as if by means of contrast)

re-emphasise; re-emphasize (emphasize anew)

bear down (pay special attention to)

topicalize (emphasize by putting have stress on or by moving to the front of the sentence)

point up (emphasize, especially by identification)

drive home; press home; ram home (make clear by special emphasis and try to convince somebody of something)

emphasise; emphasize; underline; underscore (give extra weight to (a communication))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 3punctuate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Interrupt periodically

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

Her sharp questions punctuated the speaker's drone

Hypernyms (to "punctuate" is one way to...):

break up; cut off; disrupt; interrupt (make a break in)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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