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point

noun
 
 
/pɔɪnt/
OPINION [C] B1 an opinion, idea, or fact that someone says or writes: Could I make a point about noise levels? He explained his point by drawing a diagram. I take your point (= I agree with you) about cycling, but I still prefer to walk.Ideas, concepts and theoriesOpinions, beliefs and points of view
IMPORTANT OPINION [no plural] B2 an opinion or fact that deserves to be considered seriously, or which other people agree is true: "She's always complaining that the office is cold." "Well, she's got a point." "How are we going to get there if there are no trains?" "Good point."Opinions, beliefs and points of view
the point B2 the most important part of what has been said or written: I thought he was never going to get to the point. The point is, if you don't claim the money now you might never get it. To say his art is simplistic is missing the point (= not understanding the most important thing about it).Important and essential thingsInformation and messages
SHARP [C] B2 the thin, sharp end of something: the point of a needleSharp and blunt
PLACE [C] a particular place: a stopping/fuelling point the point where the pipes enter the buildingPlaces and locationsUnpleasant places
TIME [C] B2 a particular time in an event or process: At this point, people started to leave. It has got to the point where I can hardly bear to speak to him. That was a particularly low point in race relations.Points in time
be at/on the point of doing sth B2 to be going to do something very soon: Amy was on the point of crying.About to happenCloseness in distance and time
REASON [no plural] B2 the reason for or purpose of something: What's the point of studying if you can't get a job afterwards? There's no point inviting her - she never comes to parties.Goals and purposes
beside the point not important or not connected with what you are talking about: The fact that he doesn't want to come is beside the point - he should have been invited.Of little or less importanceIrrelevant
make a point of doing sth to be certain that you always do a particular thing: He made a point of learning all the names of his staff.CertaintyConfidence and self-assurance
to the point If something someone says or writes is to the point, it expresses the most important things without extra details: His report was short and to the point.Not saying muchBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot being friendlyDigressing and being indirect or evasiveBlunt and direct in speech and behaviourNot saying muchNot being friendly
up to a point B2 partly: What he says is true up to a point.Incomplete
GAME [C] B1 a unit used for showing who is winning in a game or competition: With 3 games still to play, Manchester United are 5 points ahead.General terms used in ball sportsScoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated
MEASUREMENT [C] a unit used in some systems of measuring and comparing things: The stock exchange fell by five points.Miscellaneous units of measurement
boiling/freezing/melting point the temperature at which a substance boils, freezes, or meltsMiscellaneous units of measurement
QUALITY [C] B2 a quality that someone has: I know she's bossy, but she has lots of good points too. Chemistry never was my strong point (= I was never good at it).Conditions and characteristics
MATHEMATICS [C] (also decimal point) B2 the mark (.) that is used to separate the two parts of a decimal: One mile equals one point six (= 1.6) kilometres.Punctuation
DIRECTION [C] B2 one of the marks on a compass (= object used for showing directions) Direction of motionPoints of the compass
LETTERS [C] a unit of measurement of the size of letters, used in printing and on computersMiscellaneous units of measurement
→ See also breaking point, a case in point, decimal point, focal point, moot point, point of view, starting-point, turning point, vantage point
(Definition of point noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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