point1 W1S1 [pɔınt] n
2¦(main meaning/idea)¦
5¦(in time/development)¦
8¦(sharp end)¦
9 boiling point/freezing point/melting point etc
10 the point of no return
11 point of departure
12 be on the point of (doing) something
13 up to a point
14 to the point
15 make a point of doing something
16 when/if it comes to the point
17 in point of fact
18 not to put too fine a point on it
20¦(measure on a scale)¦
21¦(small spot)¦
23¦(piece of land)¦
[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: Partly from Old French point 'small hole or spot, point in time or space', from Latin punctum, from pungere ( PUNGENT); partly from Old French pointe 'sharp end', from Vulgar Latin puncta, from Latin pungere]
1.) ¦(IDEA)¦
a single fact, idea, or opinion that is part of an argument or discussion
That's a very interesting point.
That's a good point .
There are three important points we must bear in mind.
This brings me to my next point.
point about
I agree with John's point about keeping the costs down.
I'd like to make one final point before I stop.
Some simple examples will illustrate the point .
He showed me some of the original documents to prove his point .
I can see your point (=I understand it) and in general I agree with you.
You have a point there (=I agree with your idea or opinion) .
I take your point (=understand it) about waiting until the spring.
OK, Sam, point taken (=I understand your idea or opinion) .
They spent the evening discussing the finer points of (=the small details of) world politics.
the point
the most important fact or idea
The point is , at least we're all safely back home.
Nobody knows exactly how it works. That's the whole point .
He may not have stolen the money himself, but that's not the point .
I wish you'd get to the point (=talk about the most important thing) .
I'll come straight to the point (=talk about the most important thing first) .
I need to find out who killed Alf, and more to the point (=what is more important) I need to do it before anyone else gets killed.
We all like him, but that's beside the point (=not the most important thing) .
I think you've missed the point (=you have not understood the most important thing) .
3.) ¦(PURPOSE)¦[U]
the purpose or aim of something
I suppose we could save one or two of the trees, but what's the point ?
point of
What's the point of this meeting anyway?
The whole point of this legislation is to protect children.
There's no point in worrying.
We're going to lose anyway, so I can't see the point of playing.
I didn't see the point in moving to London.
4.) ¦(PLACE)¦
a particular place or position
The accident happened at the point where the A15 joins the M1.
No cars are allowed beyond this point.
a border crossing point
Cairo is a convenient departure point for tours.
Dover is a point of entry into Britain.
an exact moment, time, or stage in the development of something
I had reached a point in my career where I needed to decide which way to go.
She had got to the point where she felt that she could not take any more.
Their win over old rivals Manchester United was the high point (=best part) in their season.
Sales reached a low point in 1996.
We will take last week's riots as a starting point for our discussion.
At one point , I thought he was going to burst into tears.
Maybe at this point we should move onto some of the practical experiments.
At that point , I was still living at home and had no job.
You will probably sell the car at some point in the future.
It is impossible to give a definite answer at this point in time .
Some children are bullied to the point of suicide (=until they reach this stage) .
6.) ¦(QUALITY/FEATURE)¦ [C usually plural]
a particular quality or feature that something or someone has
sb's/sth's good/bad points
Sometimes she had to remind herself of his good points.
point of
They would spend hours discussing the finer points (=small details about qualities and features) of various cars.
The low price is one of its main selling points (=features that will help to sell it) .
Driving was not one of Baxter's strong points .
One of the club's plus points is that it is central.
There were some weak points in his argument.
one of the marks or numbers that shows your score in a game or sport
He is three points behind the leader.
Leeds United are now six points clear at the top of the table.
She had to win this point .
You get three points for a win and one point for a draw.
You lose a point if you do not complete the puzzle on time.
The fight went the full fifteen rounds, and in the end the American won on points .
↑point, ↑compass
8.) ¦(SHARP END)¦
a sharp end of something
the sharp point of a spear
9.) boiling point/freezing point/melting point etc
the temperature at which something boils, freezes, melts etc
Heat the water until it reaches boiling point.
10.) the point of no return
a stage in a process or activity when it becomes impossible to stop it or do something different
reach/pass the point of no return
I was aware that we had passed the point of no return.
11.) point of departure
an idea which you use to start a discussion
He takes the idea of personal freedom as his point of departure.
12.) be on the point of (doing) sth
to be going to do something very soon
I was on the point of giving up the search when something caught my eye in the bushes.
The country's economy is on the point of collapse.
13.) up to a point
partly, but not completely
I agree with you up to a point.
That is true, but only up to a point.
14.) to the point
dealing only with the important subject or idea, and not including any unnecessary discussions
Her comments were brief and to the point.
15.) make a point of doing sth
to do something deliberately, even when it involves making a special effort
He made a point of spending Saturdays with his children.
I always make a point of being early.
16.) when/if it comes to the point
BrE used to talk about what happens when someone is in a difficult situation and has to make a difficult decision
I'm sure that if it came to the point, he would do what is expected of him.
17.) in point of fact
formal used when saying that something is true, although it may seem unlikely
We were assured that the prisoners were being well treated, when in point of fact they were living in terrible conditions.
18.) not to put too fine a point on it
especially BrE used when you are saying something in a very direct way
She's lying, not to put too fine a point on it.
19.) ¦(NUMBERS)¦
a sign (. ) used to separate a whole number from any ↑decimals that follow it
a mark or measure on a scale
The stock market has fallen by over 200 points in the last week.
21.) ¦(SMALL SPOT)¦
a very small spot of light or colour
The stars shone like points of light in the sky.
22.) ¦(DIRECTION)¦
one of the marks on a ↑compass that shows direction
Soldiers were advancing on us from all points of the compass.
23.) ¦(PIECE OF LAND)¦
a long thin piece of land that stretches out into the sea
We sailed round the point into a small, sheltered bay.
a piece of plastic with holes in it which is attached to a wall and to which electrical equipment can be connected
a telephone point
an electrical point
25.) ¦(RAILWAYS)¦
points [plural] BrE
a piece of railway track that can be moved to allow a train to cross over from one track to another
The train rattled over the points.
point 2
point2 v
1¦(show something with your finger)¦
2¦(aim something)¦
3¦(face in one direction)¦
4¦(show somebody where to go)¦
5¦(suggest what somebody should do)¦
6¦(suggest that something is true)¦
8 point your toes
9 point the/a finger at somebody
10 point the way
Phrasal verbs
 point something<=>out
 point to something
 point something<=>up
to show something to someone by holding up one of your fingers or a thin object towards it
'Look!' she said and pointed.
point at
I could see him pointing at me and telling the other guests what I had said.
point to/towards
She was pointing to a small boat that was approaching the shore.
point with
The driver pointed with his whip.
She pointed in the direction of the car park.
He stood up and pointed his finger at me.
2.) ¦(AIM SOMETHING)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to hold something so that it is aimed towards a person or thing
point sth at sb/sth
He stood up and pointed his gun at the prisoner.
She produced a camera and pointed it at me.
3.) ¦(FACE IN ONE DIRECTION)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to face or be aimed in a particular direction
The arrow always points north.
There were flashlights all around us, pointing in all directions.
point at
There were TV cameras pointing at us.
point to/towards
The hands of the clock pointed to a quarter past one.
We found footprints pointing towards the back door.
4.) ¦(SHOW SOMEBODY WHERE TO GO)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to show someone which direction they should go in
She pointed me towards an armchair.
Could you point me in the direction of the bathroom, please?
5.) ¦(SUGGEST WHAT SOMEBODY SHOULD DO)¦ [T always + adverb/preposition]
to suggest what someone should do
My teachers were all pointing me towards university.
A financial adviser should be able to point you in the right direction .
6.) ¦(SUGGEST THAT SOMETHING IS TRUE)¦ [I always + adverb/preposition]
to suggest that something is true
Everything seemed to point in one direction.
point to/towards
All the evidence pointed towards Blake as the murderer.
Everything points to her having died from a drugs overdose.
BrE to put new ↑cement between the bricks of a wall
8.) point your toes
to stretch the ends of your feet downwards
9.) point the/a finger at sb
to blame someone or say that they have done something wrong
I knew that they would point the finger at me.
I don't want to point a finger of blame at anyone.
10.) point the way
a) to show the direction that something is in
point the way to/towards
An old-fashioned signpost pointed the way to the restaurant.
b) to show how something could change or develop successfully
point the way forward/forwards
This report points the way forward for the water industry.
point the way to/towards
a government paper which points the way towards reform
point out [point sth<=>out] phr v
1.) to tell someone something that they did not already know or had not thought about
He was always very keen to point out my mistakes.
The murder was obviously well planned, as the inspector had pointed out.
point out that
Some economists have pointed out that low inflation is not necessarily a good thing.
point sth out to sb
Thank you for pointing this out to me.
2.) to show something to someone by pointing at it
Luke pointed out two large birds by the water's edge.
point sb/sth out to sb
I'll point him out to you if we see him.
point to [point to sth] phr v
to mention something because you think it is important
Many politicians have pointed to the need for a written constitution.
point up [point sth<=>up] phr v
to make something seem more important or more noticeable
These cases point up the complete incompetence of some government departments.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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