Meaning of “punctuation” in the English Dictionary

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"punctuation" in British English

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punctuationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌpʌŋk.tʃuˈeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌpʌŋk.tʃuˈeɪ.ʃən/

B1 (the use of) special symbols that you add to writing to separate phrases and sentences to show that something is a question, etc.:

His letter was completely without punctuation.

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  • You'll be marked down for poor spelling and punctuation.
  • He had written the letter in appalling handwriting with almost no punctuation.

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

"punctuation" in American English

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punctuationnoun [ U ]

us /ˌpʌŋk·tʃuˈeɪ·ʃən/

special marks that are placed in a text to show the divisions between phrases and sentences, or the use of these marks:

Check your spelling and punctuation.

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