Meaning of “punctual” in the English Dictionary

"punctual" in British English

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punctualadjective

uk /ˈpʌŋk.tʃu.əl/ us /ˈpʌŋk.tʃu.əl/
punctuality
noun [ U ] uk /ˌpʌnk.tʃuˈæl.ə.ti/ us /ˌpʌnk.tʃuˈæl.ə.t̬i/

Punctuality has never been his strong point.
punctually
adverb uk /ˈpʌŋk.tʃu.ə.li/ us /ˈpʌŋk.tʃu.ə.li/

The meeting started punctually at 10.00 a.m.

(Definition of “punctual” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"punctual" in American English

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punctualadjective

us /ˈpʌŋk·tʃu·əl/

arriving, doing something, or happening at the expected or correct time; not late:

Please try to be punctual, so we can start the meeting on time.
punctuality
noun [ U ] us /ˌpʌŋk·tʃuˈæl·ɪ·t̬i/

He’s obsessive about punctuality.
punctually
adverb us /ˈpʌŋk·tʃu·ə·li/

We arrived punctually at 8.

(Definition of “punctual” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"punctual" in Business English

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punctualadjective

uk /ˈpʌŋktʃuəl/ us

WORKPLACE arriving at the time that has been agreed:

The successful candidate will be efficient, neat, and punctual.
be punctual for sth Please try and be punctual for the meeting.

happening at the time that has been agreed:

punctual payment/service/delivery We are committed to providing a punctual and reliable service.

(Definition of “punctual” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)