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punctuate (v.)

in reference to writing and printing, "to indicate pauses or stops by conventional signs" called points or marks of punctuation, 1818, probably a back-formation from punctuation. Hence, figuratively, "interrupt at intervals" (1833); "to emphasize by some significant or forceful action" (1883). Related: Punctuated; punctuating. An earlier, rare or isolated use, of the word in the sense of "to point out" is attested from 1630s, from Medieval Latin punctuatus, past participle of punctuare, from Latin punctus.

 

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Definitions of punctuate

punctuate (v.)
insert punctuation marks into;
Synonyms: mark
punctuate (v.)
to stress, single out as important;
punctuate (v.)
interrupt periodically;
Her sharp questions punctuated the speaker's drone
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