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verb point pronunciation in British English /pɔɪnt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepointing
past tensepointed
past participlepointed
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  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 path.
    point at: She pointed at the ice cream that she wanted.
    point to: He pointed to the dog as it ran towards them.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to show a particular direction or place, usually using a sign or symbol
    The arrow pointed left towards the exit door.
    Is the little hand 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/towards 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 towards areas for further research.
      a great thinker who was pointing the way to the future



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