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verb puncture pronunciation in British English /ˈpʌŋktʃə(r)/
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present tense
present participlepuncturing
past tensepunctured
past participlepunctured
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make a small hole in the surface of something such as a tyre with something sharp
    The bottom of the water tank had been punctured.
    A nail punctured our tyre.
    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a tyre or ball punctures, it gets a small hole through which the air comes out
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  2. 2
    [transitive] to cause a sudden change in the way that someone feels or thinks about something
    An opening goal punctured our enthusiasm.


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