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Punctuate   /pˈəŋktʃuˌeɪt/   Listen
Punctuate

verb
(past & past part. punctuated; pres. part. punctuating)
1.
Insert punctuation marks into.  Synonym: mark.
2.
To stress, single out as important.  Synonyms: accent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, stress.
3.
Interrupt periodically.






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"Punctuate" Quotes from Famous Books



... hammer on a sweet-voiced anvil, as Jim Donovan, the blacksmith, sharpened anew the breaking ploughs which were battling the prairie sod for bread. In the street below, a group of farmers were swapping yarns, an occasional chorus of guffaws interrupting to punctuate the narrative. The combatants heard it all, as one hears the drone of the cicada on a sleepy summer day; at the moment, as a mere colorless background which later, Time, the greater adjuster, utilizes to harmonize the ...
— A Breath of Prairie and other stories • Will Lillibridge

... following directions, with illustrations, to his students beginning composition: "Fold the paper lengthwise from right to left, leaving the single edge to your right hand. Endorse on the first three lines. Do not use abbreviations in writing the date. Omit all punctuation, or, if you punctuate, use commas at ends of lines and after date of month." In classes ranging from forty to seventy-five persons, as many as 90 per cent have failed to follow these directions. What better proof is needed of ...
— How To Study and Teaching How To Study • F. M. McMurry

... whose turn it was to take afternoon tea with the prince—it had generally been the new houri's, resulting in considerable jealousy and consequent discord—or some trifle of that sort (Joe had never been in a harem, and was therefore indefinite), when the blackamoor, to punctuate his remarks, slashed the odalisque across her thinly covered shoulders with a knout—a not uncommon mode of enforcing discipline, ...
— The Veiled Lady - and Other Men and Women • F. Hopkinson Smith



Words linked to "Punctuate" :   bear down, drive home, add, underscore, emphasize, background, underline, break up, re-emphasize, cut off, press home, quote, express, bring out, evince, accentuate, ram home, downplay, re-emphasise, topicalize, set off, disrupt, play down, show, punctuation, point up, interrupt



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