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noun point pronunciation in British English /pɔɪnt/
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  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?
      see/get the point (=understand the reason): I’m sorry – I just don’t see the point of doing this.
      not any/no point: I see no point in discussing this any further.
  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 behaviour 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
    1. a.
      a position on a drawing or map
      Lines C and D intersect at point E.
  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).
    1. a.
      a unit of measurement
      Interest rates fell by 2 percentage points.
  6. 6
    [countable] a very small area of light or colour
    His eyes narrowed to glittering points of light.
  7. 7
    [countable] the sharp end of something
    the point of the knife/sword/scissors



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