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point

noun  /pɔɪnt/ us  

point noun (SHARP END)

[C] the sharp or narrow end of something, such as a knife or pin: I stuck myself with the point of the needle. [C] A point is also a narrow piece of land that stretches out into the sea.

point noun (IDEA EXPRESSED)

[C] an idea, opinion, or piece of information that is said or written: He made some good points in his speech. The lawyers reviewed the issues point by point. You have a point (= What you say is reasonable). [C] The point is the main or most important idea: He doesn’t have much money, but that’s not the point.

point noun (CHARACTERISTIC)

[C] a particular quality or characteristic: Truthfulness is not one of his strong points.

point noun (TIME OR PLACE)

[C] a particular time, place, or stage reached in a process: She felt that they were at a critical point in their marriage.

point noun (ADVANTAGE)

[U] purpose or usefulness: What’s the point of leaving at six in the morning?

point noun (UNIT)

[C] a unit for measuring or counting: Our team won by seven points. Interest rates dropped two percentage points.

point noun (position)

geometry an exact position in space that has no size and is usually represented by a small, round mark
pointy
adjective [-er/-est only]  /ˈpɔɪnt·i/ us  
pointy shoes

point

verb [I/T]  /pɔɪnt/ us  

point verb [I/T] (SHOW)

to direct other people’s attention to something by signaling toward it with your finger: [I] "Look," she said, pointing at the sign. [M] Which one is your sister – would you point her out to me? If something points in a particular direction, it is turned toward that direction: [I] The arrow points left.
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