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verb [T] uk   /ˈpʌŋk.tjuː.eɪt/  us   /-tuː-/

punctuate verb [T] (ADD PUNCTUATION)

to add punctuation marks (= symbols) to writing so that people can see when a sentence starts and finishes, see that something is a question, etc.

punctuate verb [T] (REPEAT)

formal to happen or cause something to happen repeatedly while something else is happening; to interrupt something repeatedly: The president spoke at length in a speech punctuated by applause. He chatted freely, punctuating his remarks as often as possible with the interviewer's first name.
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