V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to interrupt something with punctuation; 2. to emphasize or highlight something

Synonyms: highlight, underscore, stress, divide, interrupt, segment


Tips: To punctuate something is essentially to mark something for emphasis. In text, punctuation marks within a sentence create a natural pause for the reader or emphasize a point. Punctuate is also a great word to describe any recurrent action that regularly interrupts another ongoing activity.

Usage Examples:

The President's State of the Union Address was punctuated by the traditional applause of his party. (interrupted, underscored)

The comedian's act was punctuated by consistent heckling from a man in the back. (interrupted)

While most people are used to wearing clothes, she is a nudist, so her life consists of nudity punctuated by short periods of time when she has to wear clothes. (interrupted, marked)

Her loud sobs punctuated the silence in the room. (interrupted, highlighted, emphasized)

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