to show something to someone by holding up one of your fingers or a thin object towards it:
show something with your finger[intransitive and transitive]
'Look!' she said and pointed.
I could see him pointing at me and telling the other guests what I had said.
She was pointing to a small boat that was approaching the shore.
The driver pointed with his whip.
She pointed in the direction of the car park.
He stood up and pointed his finger at me.
to hold something so that it is aimed towards a person or thing
aim something[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
point something at somebody/something
He stood up and pointed his gun at the prisoner.
She produced a camera and pointed it at me.
to face or be aimed in a particular direction:
face in one direction[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
The arrow always points north.
There were flashlights all around us, pointing in all directions.
There were TV cameras pointing at us.
The hands of the clock pointed to a quarter past one.
We found footprints pointing towards the back door.
to show someone which direction they should go in:
show somebody where to go[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
She pointed me towards an armchair.
Could you point me in the direction of the bathroom, please?
to suggest what someone should do:
suggest what somebody should do[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
My teachers were all pointing me towards university.
A financial adviser should be able to point you in the right direction.
to suggest that something is true:
suggest that something is true[intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
Everything seemed to point in one direction.
All the evidence pointed towards Blake as the murderer.
Everything points to her having died from a drugs overdose.
to put new cement between the bricks of a wall
walls/buildings[transitive] British EnglishTBB
to stretch the ends of your feet downwards
to blame someone or say that they have done something wrong:
I knew that they would point the finger at me.
I don't want to point a finger of blame at anyone.
to show the direction that something is in
point the way to/towards
An old-fashioned signpost pointed the way to the restaurant.
to show how something could change or develop successfully
point the way forward/forwards
This report points the way forward for the water industry.
point the way to/towards
a government paper which points the way towards reform
point something ↔ outphrasal verb
to tell someone something that they did not already know or had not thought about:
He was always very keen to point out my mistakes.
The murder was obviously well planned, as the inspector had pointed out.
point out that
Some economists have pointed out that low inflation is not necessarily a good thing.
point something out to somebody
Thank you for pointing this out to me.
to show something to someone by pointing at it:
Luke pointed out two large birds by the water's edge.
point somebody/something out to somebody
I'll point him out to you if we see him.
point to somethingphrasal verb
Many politicians have pointed to the need for a written constitution.
point something ↔ upphrasal verb
These cases point up the complete incompetence of some government departments.