point Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"point" in British English

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pointnoun

uk   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 ​youressay. You made some ​interesting points in ​yourspeech.the/sb's point B2 the ​meaning or most ​importantpart 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 takeyour 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 ​consideredseriously, or that other ​peopleagree is ​true: Yes, I can seeyour point/you've got a point there. OK, you've madeyour point (= told us ​youropinion) - 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 ​particulartime or ​stagereached in a ​process: At that point, a ​soldieropenedfire on the ​car. I was ​completelylost 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 ​badnews, but when it came to the point (= when I had to do it), I couldn't. [C] a ​particularplace: the point where the ​roadbends This is a good point from which to ​watch the ​race.boiling, melting, freezing, etc. point the ​temperature at which a ​substanceboils, ​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 indiscussing 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 ​youngestskierwon the most points. He ​won the ​worldheavyweightboxingchampionship 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 ​printedletters, ​equal to about 0.3 mm or 1/72 of an ​inch: The ​largeletters are in 7.5 point ​type, and the ​smallletters are in 6 point.
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point noun (SHARP END)

B2 [C] the ​sharp end of something, such as a ​knife: The ​knifelanded 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 ​particularquality or ​characteristic of a ​person or thing: There are ​various points to ​look out for when you're ​judgingdogs 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, ​thinarea 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 ​separatewholenumbers from ​parts of ​numbers: One ​kilogramequals two point two (= 2.2)pounds. The ​erroroccurred 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 ​electricalequipment 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 ​carengines, 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 ​railwaytrack where the rails (= ​metalbars on which the ​trainstravel) can be ​moved to ​allow a ​train to ​change from one ​track to another: The ​trainrattled 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 ​straightline.C2 [C] a ​mark on a compass that ​showsdirection, 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 ​headlightsfar away.

pointverb

uk   us   /pɔɪnt/
A2 [I] to ​direct other people's ​attention to something by ​holding out ​yourfinger 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 ​particulardirection, it is ​turned towards that ​direction: The ​roadsign 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   us   /pɔɪnt/
relating to when a balletdancerdances on ​theirtoes: 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 ​narrowpiece 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 ​lawyersreviewed the ​issues point by point. You have a point (= What you say is ​reasonable). [C] The point is the ​main or most ​importantidea: He doesn’t have much ​money, but that’s not the point.

point noun (CHARACTERISTIC)

[C] a ​particularquality or ​characteristic: Truthfulness is not one of his ​strong points.

point noun (TIME OR PLACE)

[C] a ​particulartime, ​place, or ​stagereached in a ​process: She ​felt that they were at a ​critical point in ​theirmarriage.

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 ​teamwon by seven points. Interest ​ratesdropped two ​percentage points.

point noun (position)

geometry an ​exactposition 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/

point verb [I/T] (SHOW)

to ​direct other people’s ​attention to something by ​signaling toward it with ​yourfinger: [I] "Look," she said, pointing at the ​sign. [M] Which one is ​yoursister – would you point her out to me? If something points in a ​particulardirection, 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   us   /pɔɪnt/
[C] an ​idea, ​opinion, or ​piece of ​information that is spoken or written: I ​agree with your point about the ​managementteam. 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 ​financialplan 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 ​pricesrose 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 ​reasonableprofit. 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 ​bondrose 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 ​workpermits.
[C] a particular ​place: The ​buildingserved as the group's meeting point. The ​store is the focal point of the ​smallcommunity.
[C] a ​small round ​mark that is used in ​numbers to ​separate whole ​numbers from ​parts of ​numbers: A ​kilogramequals 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 ​briefingmeetings.
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 ​paystructure 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   us   /pɔɪnt/
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 ​financedirector.
(Definition of point from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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