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"point" in British English

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pointnoun

uk   /pɔɪnt/ us   /pɔɪnt/
  • 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 or 1/72 of an inch: 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 (PIECE OF LAND)

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

pointverb

uk   /pɔɪnt/ us   /pɔɪnt/
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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pointadjective [before noun]

uk   /pɔɪnt/ us   /pɔɪnt/
relating to when a ballet dancer dances on their toes: a pair of point shoes Today we'll do some point work.
(Definition of point from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"point" in American English

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pointnoun

us   /pɔɪnt/
  • 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] us   /ˈpɔɪnt·i/
pointy shoes

pointverb [I/T]

us   /pɔɪnt/
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.
(Definition of point from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"point" in Business English

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pointnoun

uk   /pɔɪnt/ us  
[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.

pointverb [I or T]

uk   /pɔɪnt/ us  
to show someone the direction that they should go, or what they should do: The figures pointed us in the direction that we should be taking over the next year or so.
point the finger at sb
to accuse someone of being responsible for something bad that has happened: The reports are understood not to point the finger at the group's finance director.
(Definition of point from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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