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punctuate

[puhngk-choo-eyt] /ˈpʌŋk tʃuˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), punctuated, punctuating.
1.
to mark or divide (something written) with punctuation marks in order to make the meaning clear.
2.
to interrupt at intervals:
Cheers punctuated the mayor's speech.
3.
to give emphasis or force to; emphasize; underline.
verb (used without object), punctuated, punctuating.
4.
to insert or use marks of punctuation.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Medieval Latin pūnctuātus (past participle of pūnctuāre to point), derivative of Latin pūnctus a pricking; see punctual
Related forms
punctuator, noun
nonpunctuating, adjective
repunctuate, verb (used with object), repunctuated, repunctuating.
unpunctuated, adjective
unpunctuating, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for un-punctuated

punctuate

/ˈpʌŋktjʊˌeɪt/
verb (mainly transitive)
1.
(also intransitive) to insert punctuation marks into (a written text)
2.
to interrupt or insert at frequent intervals: a meeting punctuated by heckling
3.
to give emphasis to
Derived Forms
punctuator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin punctuāre to prick, from Latin punctum a prick, from pungere to puncture
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Word Origin and History for un-punctuated

punctuate

v.

1630s, "to point out," from Medieval Latin punctuatus, past participle of punctuare, from Latin punctus (see point (n.)). Meaning in reference to text, "to have pauses or stops indicated," is from 1818, probably a back-formation from punctuation. Hence, "interrupted at intervals" (1833). Related: Punctuated; punctuating.

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