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English verb: punctuate

1. punctuate (change) insert punctuation marks into


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)add

Narrower (hyponym)quote

2. punctuate (communication) to stress, single out as important

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

Synonymsaccent, accentuate, emphasise, emphasize, stress

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)evince, express, show

Narrower (hyponym)background, bear down, bring out, downplay, drive home, emphasise, emphasize, play down, point up, press home, ram home, re-emphasise, re-emphasize, set off, topicalize, underline, underscore

3. punctuate (change) interrupt periodically

SamplesHer sharp questions punctuated the speaker's drone.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt

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