point


point
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noun
1 thing said as part of a discussion
ADJECTIVE
excellent, good, interesting, valid
important
minor
subtle
moot
central, critical, crucial, key, major, salient
controversial
sore

This was a sore point for Hemingway.

action

The committee recommended a number of action points to avoid such problems in the future.

talking

The possibility of an interest rate cut is a major talking point in the City. (BrE)

Senate Democrats issued these talking points. (AmE)

final

I do agree with her final point.

VERB + POINT
have

She has a point.

see, take

I see your point.

Point taken.

concede
address, cover, make, raise

He covers the key points in his introduction.

She made some interesting points.

argue, discuss

They argued the point for hours.

illustrate
get across, make, prove

He had trouble getting his point across.

That proves my point.

clarify
belabour/belabor (esp. AmE), drive home, emphasize, hammer home, highlight, labour/labor (esp. BrE), press, reinforce, reiterate, stress, underline, underscore (AmE)

She banged on the table to emphasize her point.

I understand what you're saying—there's no need to labour/labor the point.

PHRASES
a case in point (= an example relevant to the matter being discussed)
the point at issue
a point of agreement, a point of disagreement
a point of law
2 the point essential aspect of sth
ADJECTIVE
basic

The basic point is that … 

VERB + THE POINT
come to, get to

Hurry up and get to the point!

get

It took me a few minutes to get the point.

miss
wander from, wander off (both esp. BrE)
PREPOSITION
beside the point (= not relevant)

That's beside the point.

to the point

His remarks were brief and to the point.

PHRASES
more to the point (= what is more important)

More to the point, did they get away?

3 meaning/reason/purpose of sth
ADJECTIVE
whole

That's the whole point.

VERB + POINT
have

It doesn't have any point to it.

see

I don't see the point in arguing.

get, understand

I didn't get the point of the story.

PREPOSITION
point in, point of

There's absolutely no point in complaining now.

What's the point of worrying?

4 item/detail/feature
ADJECTIVE
finer, good, strong

We discussed the finer points of growing roses.

bad, weak
salient
selling

the major selling point of the line

PHRASES
a point of difference

There is only one point of difference between the two models.

a point of interest
5 particular time/moment
ADJECTIVE
high, low

He had reached the high point of his career.

halfway

by the time the movie has reached its halfway point

breaking, bursting, saturation

to fill a bag to bursting point

jumping-off

jumping-off points for further research

break-even

well below its financial break-even point

plot

from one improbable plot point to another

boiling, freezing, melting
critical

This is definitely a critical point in my life right now.

choke (AmE), sticking

The choke point was overcoming the social issues.

a sticking point in the potential deal

flash

Their anger finally reached the flash point.

VERB + POINT
get to, reach

I've reached the point (= in a book, etc.) where his father is dying.

POINT + VERB
come

There comes a point in most people's lives when they want to settle down.

PREPOSITION
at a/the point

At one point he looked like winning.

on the point of

on the point of departure

to the point of

We worked all night to the point of collapse.

up to a point

I agree with you up to a point.

PHRASES
a point in time

At this point we can't give you a final answer.

the point of no return (= after which it is impossible to go back/undo what you have done)
6 particular place/position
ADJECTIVE
central, focal

the focal point of his life

fixed
beginning (esp. AmE), starting

This website is an excellent beginning point for any pianist.

ending, stopping

the starting and ending point for most safaris

one stopping point on their tour of the shrines

halfway, midway

a convenient midway point between Memphis and St. Louis

access, entry

an excellent access point into Glacier National Park

assembly, rallying
meeting, rendezvous
crossing

Baja California is the crossing point for most illegal immigrants to the US.

vantage
reference
pivotal, turning

This proved to be the turning point of the game.

tipping

The technology has reached a tipping point.

cut-off
vanishing
price (business)

The product sold at about a $100 price point.

acupuncture, pressure

Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system.

pressures points on the foot

VERB + POINT
arrive at, reach
provide

The book provides a focal point for such discussions.

PHRASES
a point of contact
a point of reference
7 punctuation
ADJECTIVE
decimal
exclamation (AmE)
bullet

Break up your text with bullet points.

8 in a game/sports competition
ADJECTIVE
match, set

It's set point to Nadal.

bonus

Name the film and, for a bonus point, name the actress.

… OF POINT
tally

a personal tally of 28 points

VERB + POINT
accumulate, earn, gain, get, notch (AmE), notch up, rack up, score, tally (AmE), win

After players accumulate enough points, they may exchange them for a wide variety of merchandise.

average

She's averaged 19 points per game in her last seven games.

lose
award

Points are awarded to the winner of each round.

deduct

I'm deducting a point from the total score.

PHRASES
beat sb on points, win on points
9 measurement
ADJECTIVE
basis, percentage

The ten-year Treasury yield declined 9 basis points to 4.0%.

Interest rates fell by one percentage point.

VERB + POINT
(All these verbs may be followed by by, from or to plus point. Sometimes the word by is left out.), be up, go up, improve, increase, jump, rise, shoot up, soar

The Nikkei index rose 710 points to 14894.

His popularity rose by 18 points in public opinion polls.

be down, come down, decline (esp. AmE), decrease, drop, fall, go down, plunge

The CAC-40 index is down 67 points at 4413.

PHRASES
about five, ten, etc. points, around five, ten, etc. points
only five, ten, etc. points

The index was down only 4.6 points at the close.

over five, ten, etc. points
up to five, ten, etc. points
an improvement of five, ten, etc. points, an increase of five, ten, etc. points, a jump of five, ten, etc. points, a rise of five, ten, etc. points

The target is for an average rise of two points a year from 2010 to 2020.

a drop of five, ten, etc. points, a fall of five, ten, etc. points, a reduction of five, ten, etc. points
10 thin sharp end of sth
ADJECTIVE
fine, sharp
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verb
ADVERB
accusingly

Lee pointed accusingly at Tyler.

downwards/downward, upwards/upward
ahead
PREPOSITION
at, in the direction of

He pointed in the direction of the beach.

to, towards/toward

The toddler pointed to the toy he wanted.

with

She pointed with her finger at the map.

PHRASES
point straight at sb/sth

The gun was pointing straight at me.

point the way

‘You must cross that field,’ she said, pointing the way.

PHRASAL VERBS
point sth out
ADVERB
correctly, rightly

As you so rightly pointed out, our funds are not unlimited.

helpfully
repeatedly

as repeatedly pointed out by President Bush

VERB + POINT OUT
must, should

I should point out that not one of these paintings is original.

try to
hasten to

Let me to hasten to point out that this is not a marketing book.

fail to
hesitate to

They would not hesitate to point out anything they found objectionable.

be at pains to, be keen to (esp. BrE), be quick to

She was at pains to point out that she was no newcomer to the area.

be right to

You were right to point out that this is only one of the difficulties we face.

be important to
PREPOSITION
to

She tried in vain to point out to him the unfairness of the situation.

point to sth
ADVERB
clearly

Fragments of woven cloth at the site clearly point to the production of textiles.

directly

The symptoms point directly to appendicitis.

VERB + POINT TO
seem to

The evidence all seems to point to one conclusion.

Point is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑arrow, ↑barrel, ↑needle, ↑sign
Point is used with these nouns as the object: ↑beam, ↑camera, ↑finger, ↑flashlight, ↑gun, ↑knife, ↑pistol, ↑shotgun, ↑telescope, ↑toe, ↑torch, ↑way, ↑weapon

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Point — may refer to the following: Contents 1 Business and finance 2 Engineering 3 Entertainment …   Wikipedia

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  • Point — hat verschiedene Urspünge: Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Bedeutung im Deutschen 2 Verwendung in Begriffen französischen und englischen Ursprungs 3 Einzelnachweise 4 Si …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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