a thing that sb says or writes giving their opinion or stating a fact
She made several interesting points in the article.
I take your point (= understand and accept what you are saying) .
He's just saying that to prove a point (= to show his idea is right) .
OK, you've made your point !
the main or most important idea in sth that is said or done
The point is you shouldn't have to wait so long to see a doctor.
I wish he would get to the point (= say it quickly) .
I'll come straight to the point : we need more money.
Do you see my point (= understand) ?
I think I missed the point (= did not understand) .
You have a point (= your idea is right) ─it would be better to wait till this evening.
‘There won't be anywhere to park.’ ‘Oh, that's a (good) point (= I had not thought of that) .’
It just isn't true. That's the whole point (= the only important fact) .
‘He's been married before.’ ‘ That's beside the point (= not important) .’
I know it won't cost very much but that's not the point (= not the important thing) .
the purpose or aim of sth
What's the point of all this violence?
There's no point in getting angry.
I don't see the point of doing it all again.
The point of the lesson is to compare the two countries.
a particular detail or fact
Here are the main points of the news.
Can you explain that point again?
a particular quality or feature that sb/sth has
Tact is not one of her strong points .
Read the manual to learn the program's finer points (= small details) .
Living in Scotland has its good points but the weather is not one of them.
One of the hotel's plus points (= good features) is that it is very central.
a particular time or stage of development
The climber was at/on the point of death when they found him.
We were on the point of giving up.
Many people suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives.
We had reached the point when there was no money left.
At this point in time we just have to wait.
At this point I don't care what you decide to do.
a particular place or area
I'll wait for you at the meeting point in the arrivals hall.
the point at which the river divides
Draw a line from point A to point B.
No parking beyond this point.
one of the marks of direction around a compass
the points of the compass (= N, S, E, W, etc.)
an individual unit that adds to a score in a game or sports competition
赢 / 输一分
to win/lose a point
Australia finished 20 points ahead.
They won on points (= by scoring more points rather than by completely defeating their opponents) .
a mark or unit on a scale of measurement
The party's share of the vote fell by ten percentage points.
a small dot used in writing, especially the dot that separates a whole number from the part that comes after it
two point six (2.6)
a decimal point
We broadcast on ninety-five point nine (95.9) FM.
the sharp thin end of sth
铅笔 / 刀 / 大头针尖
the point of a pencil/knife/pin
a narrow piece of land that stretches into the sea
The ship sailed around the point.
a very small dot of light or colour
The stars were points of light in the sky.
a place in a wall, etc. where a piece of equipment can be connected to electricity
电源 / 剃须刀 / 电话插座
a power/shaver/telephone point
on railway track
a piece of track at a place where a railway/railroad line divides that can be moved to allow a train to change tracks
size of letters
a unit of measurement for the size of letters in printing or on a computer screen, etc.
Change the text to 10 point.
used when you have to decide sth or say what you really think
When it comes to the point, he always changes his mind.
used to say what is true in a situation
In point of fact, she is their adopted daughter.
to be or make sure you do sth because it is important or necessary
I made a point of closing all the windows before leaving the house.
used to say that sth is more important than sth else
I couldn't do the job─I've never been to Spain and, more to the point, I don't speak Spanish.
a place where you go or a person that you speak to when you are dealing with an organization
The receptionist is the first point of contact most people have with the clinic.
a place where a journey starts
an idea, a theory or an event that is used to start a discussion, an activity, etc.
a thing that sb considers to be very important for their honour or reputation
the time when you must continue with what you have decided to do, because it is not possible to get back to an earlier situation
used to say that you accept that sb else is right when they have disagreed with you or criticized you
Point taken. Let's drop the subject.
expressed in a simple, clear way without any extra information or feelings
The letter was short and to the point.
to a degree that can be described as sth
He was rude to the point of being aggressive.
to some extent; to some degree but not completely
I agree with you up to a point.
to repeat an idea, argument, etc. many times to emphasize it, especially when it has already been mentioned or understood
a clear example of the problem, situation, etc. that is being discussed
used to emphasize sth that is expressed clearly and directly, especially a criticism
Not to put too fine a point on it, I think you are lying.
to continue to repeat or explain sth that has already been said and understood
a matter about which there may be disagreement or confusion
a subject that makes you feel angry or upset when it is mentioned
It's a sore point with Sue's parents that the children have not been baptized yet.
to allow or do sth that is not usually acceptable, especially because of a particular situation
show with finger
to stretch out your finger or sth held in your hand towards sb/sth in order to show sb where a person or thing is
It's rude to point!
He pointed to the spot where the house used to stand.
‘What's your name?’ he asked, pointing at the child with his pen.
She pointed in my direction.
She pointed her finger in my direction.
to aim sth at sb/sth
He pointed the gun at her head.
to face in or be directed towards a particular direction
The telescope was pointing in the wrong direction.
The signpost pointed straight ahead.
A compass needle points north.
to lead to or suggest a particular development or logical argument
The evidence seems to point in that direction.
The fans are looking to the new players to point the way to victory.
show the way
to show sb which way to go
I wonder if you could point me in the right direction for the bus station.
A series of yellow arrows pointed the way to reception.
to put mortar between the bricks of a wall
to accuse sb of doing sth
The article points an accusing finger at the authorities.
to stretch your finger out towards sb/sth in order to show sb which person or thing you are referring to
I'll point him out to you next time he comes in.
to mention sth in order to give sb information about it or make them notice it
She tried in vain to point out to him the unfairness of his actions.
He pointed out the dangers of driving alone.
I should point out that not one of these paintings is original.
‘It's not very far,’ she pointed out.
to mention sth that you think is important and/or the reason why a particular situation exists
The board of directors pointed to falling productivity to justify their decision.
to suggest that sth is true or likely
All the signs point to a successful year ahead.
to emphasize sth so that it becomes more noticeable
The conference merely pointed up divisions in the party.
These are all words for talking about what sb/sth intends to do or achieve.
what sth is supposed to achieve; what sb is trying to achieve
Our campaign's main purpose is to raise money.
what sb is trying to achieve; what sth is supposed to achieve
She went to London with the aim of finding a job.
Our main aim is to increase sales in Europe.
purpose or aim?
purpose指做某事的原因，aim指要达到的目的。aim可以指尝试达到目的，purpose含有要成就某事的强烈感觉。aim可指某人的目的（sb's aim），也可指某事的目的（the aim of sth），purpose更常指做某事的原因（the purpose of sth），也可指某人的目的（sb's purpose），但这样用较正式。
Your purpose for doing something is your reason for doing it; your aim is what you want to achieve. Aim can suggest that you are only trying to achieve sth; purpose gives a stronger sense of achievement being certain. Aim can be sb's aim or the aim of sth . Purpose is more usually the purpose of sth : you can talk about sb's purpose but that is more formal.
what you intend to do
I have no intention of going to the wedding.
She's full of good intentions but they rarely work out.
what you intend to do or achieve
There are no plans to build new offices.
intention or plan?
Your intentions are what you want to do, especially in the near future; your plans are what you have decided or arranged to do, often, but not always, in the longer term.
( rather informal ) the purpose or aim of sth
What's the point of all this violence?
The point of the lesson is to compare the two countries.
( rather informal ) the purpose of sth; sb's aim
The whole idea of going was so that we could meet her new boyfriend.
What's the idea behind this?
point or idea?
point比idea有更多的否定含义：what's the point ...?暗指毫无意义；what's the idea ...?用于真正询问目的。用point而非idea表示对所谈论的事情感到不快：
Point is a more negative word than idea. If you say What's the point…? you are suggesting that there is no point; if you say What's the idea…? you are genuinely asking a question. Point , but not idea , is used to talk about things you feel annoyed or unhappy about.
a contact in the distributor;as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs
近义词: distributor point,breaker point
- he stuck the point of the knife into a tree
- he broke the point of his pencil
a wall socket
近义词: power point
the gun muzzle's direction
- he held me up at the point of a gun
an outstanding characteristic
- his acting was one of the high points of the movie
a distinguishing or individuating characteristic
- he knows my bad points as well as my good points
the property of a shape that tapers to a sharp tip
an isolated fact that is considered separately from the whole
- several of the details are similar
- a point of information
a geometric element that has position but no extension
- a point is defined by its coordinates
the object of an activity
- what is the point of discussing it?
a distinct part that can be specified separately in a group of things that could be enumerated on a list
- he noticed an item in the New York Times
- she had several items on her shopping list
- the main point on the agenda was taken up first
a brief version of the essential meaning of something
- get to the point
- he missed the point of the joke
- life has lost its point
the dot at the left of a decimal fraction
近义词: decimal point,percentage point
a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer
- the point of the arrow was due north
a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
- in England they call a period a stop
近义词: period,full stop,stop,full point
the precise location of something;a spatially limited location
- she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street
a promontory extending out into a large body of water
- they sailed south around the point
one percent of the total principal of a loan;it is paid at the time the loan is made and is independent of the interest on the loan
the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest
- he scored 20 points in the first half
- a touchdown counts 6 points
a linear unit used to measure the size of type;approximately 1/72 inch
a style in speech or writing that arrests attention and has a penetrating or convincing quality or effect
any of 32 horizontal directions indicated on the card of a compass
- he checked the point on his compass
近义词: compass point
a V shape
- the cannibal's teeth were filed to sharp points
a very small circular shape
- a row of points
- draw lines between the dots
a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process
- a remarkable degree of frankness
- at what stage are the social sciences?
an instant of time
- at that point I had to leave
近义词: point in time
repair the joints of bricks
- point a chimney
give a point to
- The candles are tapered
be a signal for or a symptom of
- These symptoms indicate a serious illness
- Her behavior points to a severe neurosis
- The economic indicators signal that the euro is undervalued
indicate a place, direction, person, or thing;either spatially or figuratively
- I showed the customer the glove section
- He pointed to the empty parking space
- he indicated his opponents
indicate the presence of (game) by standing and pointing with the muzzle
- the dog pointed the dead duck
intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
- He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face
- criticism directed at her superior
- direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself
direct into a position for use
- point a gun
- He charged his weapon at me
be positionable in a specified manner
- The gun points with ease
mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
mark with diacritics
- point the letter
mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
sail close to the wind
direct the course;determine the direction of travelling
- The weather vane points North
- the dancers toes pointed outward