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point

noun uk   /pɔɪnt/ us  

point noun (IDEA EXPRESSED)

B1 [C] an idea, opinion, or piece of information that is said or written: I'd like to discuss the first point in your essay. You made some interesting points in your speech.the/sb's point B2 the meaning or most important part of what someone says or writes: The point is, if you don't claim the money now you might never get it. I think you missed (= did not understand) the point of what she was saying. I take your point/Point taken (= I understand that what you are saying is important). Please get to the point (= say the thing that is most important to you). He hasn't got much money, but that's not the point (= that is not the important thing).B1 [S] an opinion or fact that deserves to be considered seriously, or that other people agree is true: Yes, I can see your point/you've got a point there. OK, you've made your point (= told us your opinion) - there's no need to go on about it.beside the point not important or not related to the subject being discussed: The fact that he doesn't want to come is beside the point - he should have been invited.that's a (good) point B2 said to show that what someone has just said is true or important: "We'll take the bus." "But we don't have any money for the fare." "That's a point."
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point noun (TIME/PLACE)

B2 [C] a particular time or stage reached in a process: At that point, a soldier opened fire on the car. I was completely lost at one point. [+ question word] It was so confusing that eventually it got to the point where no one knew what was going on. I said I'd tell her the bad news, but when it came to the point (= when I had to do it), I couldn't. [C] a particular place: the point where the road bends This is a good point from which to watch the race.boiling, melting, freezing, etc. point the temperature at which a substance boils, melts, freezes, etc.
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point noun (PURPOSE)

B2 [S or U] purpose or usefulness: [+ -ing verb] informal There's no point arguing about it - we're going and that's that. I'd like to write to him, but what's the point? He never writes back. I see little point in discussing this further.
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  • What's the point of that?
  • What's the point of shouting at him?
  • There's no point in going if Maggie isn't going to be there.
  • There's no point in getting yourself all upset over it.
  • I'm not going to this afternoon's session - I don't see the point of it.

point noun (UNIT)

B1 [C] a mark or unit for counting, especially how much a person or team has scored in a sport: The youngest skier won the most points. He won the world heavyweight boxing championship on points (= as a result of the points that he had won). Interest rates have risen by two percentage points (= two percent). [C] specialized publishing a unit used for measuring the size of printed letters, equal to about 0.3 mm: The large letters are in 7.5 point type, and the small letters are in 6 point.
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point noun (SHARP END)

B2 [C] the sharp end of something, such as a knife: The knife landed with its point sticking into the floor. Be careful with that needle - it has a very sharp point.
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point noun (CHARACTERISTIC)

B2 [C] a particular quality or characteristic of a person or thing: There are various points to look out for when you're judging dogs in a competition. He's boring, but I suppose he has his good points. I think her kindness is one of her strong points (= one of her good qualities).

point noun (PIECE OF LAND)

[C] a long, thin area of land that stretches out into the sea: Spurn Point

point noun (SIGN)

B2 [C] a small, round spot that is used in numbers to separate whole numbers from parts of numbers: One kilogram equals two point two (= 2.2) pounds. The error occurred when someone left out the decimal point.

point noun (FEET)

points [plural] specialized the toes of a ballet dancer's shoes: She is learning how to dance on her points.

point noun (ELECTRIC)

[C] UK a socket to which a wire from a piece of electrical equipment is connected in order to supply it with electricity or a radio, television, or other signal: a TV antenna point There is a phone point in every room. [C] specialized engineering in some car engines, either of two parts that allow or prevent the flow of electricity: He checked the points and plugs and topped up the oil.

point noun (RAILWAY)

points [plural] mainly UK ( US usually switches) a place on a railway track where the rails (= metal bars on which the trains travel) can be moved to allow a train to change from one track to another: The train rattled as it went over the points.

point noun (MARK)

[C] a small, round mark on a line, plan, or map to show the position of something: Join the points A and B together on the diagram with a straight line.C2 [C] a mark on a compass that shows direction, such as north, south, east, and west [C] a very small, round light that you can see in the distance: I could just make out the tiny points of a car's headlights far away.

point

verb uk   /pɔɪnt/ us  
A2 [I] to direct other people's attention to something by holding out your finger towards it: "Look at that!" she said, pointing at the hole in the door. Small children are often told that it's rude to point.B1 [T] to hold something out in the direction of someone or something: He said that the man had pointed a knife at him.B1 [I] If something points in a particular direction, it is turned towards that direction: The road sign points left. All the cars were pointing in the same direction. There was an arrow pointing to the door.
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point

adjective [before noun] uk   /pɔɪnt/ us  
relating to when a ballet dancer dances on their toes: a pair of point shoes Today we'll do some point work.
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