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point

noun
 
 
/pɔɪnt/
[C] an idea, opinion, or piece of information that is spoken or written: I agree with your point about the management team. Thank you, that was a very interesting point.make/raise a/the point He made the point quite forcefully that no more money was available.get a point across I wasn't sure what point she was trying to get across.prove sb's point I think that proves my point. The figures just don't stack up.
the point the meaning or most important part of what is being said or written: The point is that on weekends and late at night there should always be someone on duty to deal with emergencies. come/get to the point We haven't got all day, so please get to the point. To talk only about managing one country's economy is to miss the point. The list could go on and on, but I think you get the point.
[U or S] purpose, or the fact of something being useful: no point (in doing sth) There is no point in discussing this further if you've already made up your mind.
[C] a particular detail or characteristic of a person or thing: the main points I noted down the main points of his speech.good/bad point The government's financial plan has both its good and its bad points. When you are appraising someone, try to emphasize their good points. Speaking in public is not one of her strong points.
[C] MEETINGS one part that a meeting, plan, etc. is divided into: We have seven points on the agenda today. Has anyone any comments on Point 4? We need to examine the proposals point by point. My boss gave me a five-point plan for improving my performance.
[C] a particular time or stage that is reached in a process: highest/lowest point Copper prices rose to their highest point in two weeks. The stock went to $74 at one point.get to/reach a/the point It's taken us years to get to the point where we're making a reasonable profit. We shall need to discuss this further at some point.at this point (in time) This is not something that we want to introduce at this point in time.
[C] a mark or unit for counting or measuring something: score points You will normally be accepted if you score more than 20 points on the test. The bond rose 10 basis points, from 2.932 to 2.942 percent. Interest rates have gone up two percentage points. We will introduce an Australian-style points system for work permits.
[C] a particular place: The building served as the group's meeting point. The store is the focal point of the small community.
[C] a small round mark that is used in numbers to separate whole numbers from parts of numbers: A kilogram equals two point two (2.2) pounds. a decimal point
I take your point (also point taken) used when you are saying that you think that something that someone has said is important: I take your point. That's something we need to consider.
make a point of doing sth to always do something, or to take particular care to do something: She always makes a point of inviting all her staff to briefing meetings.
make your point to tell people your opinion: OK, you've made your point. Let someone else say what they think now.
to the point very important or suitable for the subject being discussed: His remarks about the pay structure were well expressed and to the point.
up to a point partly, or to a limited degree: The new system was working - up to a point.
→ See also action point, assembly point, basis point, break-even point, breaking point, breakpoint, bullet point, gross rating point, half point, inflection point, order point, percentage point, price point, quarter-point, ratings point, reorder point, selling point, strategic inflection point, talking point, tipping point, trigger point, turning point, unique selling point
(Definition of point noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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