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English definition of “punctual”

punctual

adjective uk   /ˈpʌŋk.tju.əl/ us  
arriving, doing something, or happening at the expected, correct time; not late: a punctual start to the meeting He's fairly punctual (= he usually arrives on time).At the right time
punctuality
noun [U] uk   /ˌpʌnk.tjuˈæl.ɪ.ti/ us    /-ə.t̬i/
Punctuality has never been his strong point.At the right time
punctually
adverb uk   /-ə.li/ us  
The meeting started punctually at 10.00 a.m. At the right time
(Definition of punctual from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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