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noun     point pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] an idea or opinion among a number of others

    I disagree with you on a couple of important points.

    point by point (=looking at each part separately):

    Let’s go over the plan point by point.

    1. a.
      [singular] the thing that you are trying to say

      My point is that we’re spending too much time on details and forgetting the big issues.

      What’s your point?

    2. b.
      [singular] the reason for something
      point of:

      What is the point of your visit?

      not any/no point:

      I see no point in discussing this any more.

      get/see the point (=understand the reason):

      I’m sorry – I just don’t get the point.

  2. 2
    [countable] an aspect or feature
    someone’s strong/weak points:

    Subtlety is not one of his strong points.

    the finer points (=the details):

    He spent his spare time coaching youngsters on the finer points of soccer.

    it has its points (=it has some good qualities):

    I complain about working different hours from everyone else, but it has its points.

  3. 3
    [countable] a particular moment in time
    at this/that point:

    At that point we all got up and walked out of the room.

    at this/that point in time:

    At this point in time we can’t afford to hire any more people.

    1. a.
      [singular] a particular stage in a process

      the freezing/boiling point of water

      reach a point:

      We’re just trying to reach a point where both sides will sit down together and talk.

      to the point of:

      His behavior was strange to the point of being considered unacceptable by his employers.

  4. 4
    [countable] a particular place

    We’ll meet at a point halfway between here and your hotel.

    a point where three different countries meet

  5. 5
    [countable] a unit for counting the score in a game or sport

    Our team is two points behind.

    They won on points (=by getting the most points).

  6. 7
    [countable] the sharp end of something

    the point of the knife/sword/scissors

  7. 8
    [countable] a long thin piece of land that stretches out into an area of water
  8. 9
    [countable] maths the word for a decimal point, used when saying a number: 6.3 is said as “six point three”
  9. 10
    [countable] one of the 32 marks on a compass that show direction
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