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verb point pronunciation in American English /pɔɪnt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepointing
past tensepointed
past participlepointed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to show something by holding out your finger or a long thin object

    Don’t point. They’ll know we’re looking at them.

    He pointed his stick in the direction of the bird.

    point at:

    She pointed at the ice cream that she wanted.

    point to:

    He pointed to the dog as it ran toward them.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to show a particular direction or place, usually using a sign or symbol

    The arrow pointed left toward the exit door.

    Is the little hand on the clock pointing to 3 or 4?

  3. 3
    [transitive] to aim an object at someone or something

    All you have to do is point the camera and shoot.

    point something at/toward someone/something:

    He pointed his rifle at the deer and pulled the trigger.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to show someone the direction in which they should go

    Could you point me in the direction of the lobby?

    1. a.
      to show someone what they should do

      The results of the study will point toward areas for further research.

      a great thinker who was pointing the way to the future



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