ldoce_737_zpointpoint2 ●●● S2 W2 verb 1 show something with your finger [intransitive, transitive]POINT AT to show something to someone by holding up one of your fingers or a thin object towards it ‘Look!’ she said and pointed.point at I could see him pointing at me and telling the other guests what I had said.point to/towards She was pointing to a small boat that was approaching the shore.point with The driver pointed with his whip. She pointed in the direction of the car park. He stood up and pointed his finger at me.► see thesaurus at lead2 aim something [transitive always + adverb/preposition]POINT AT to hold something so that it is aimed towards a person or thingpoint something at somebody/something He stood up and pointed his gun at the prisoner. She produced a camera and pointed it at me.3 face in one direction [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]SHOOT to face or be aimed in a particular direction The arrow always points north. There were flashlights all around us, pointing in all directions.point at There were TV cameras pointing at us.point to/towards The hands of the clock pointed to a quarter past one. We found footprints pointing towards the back door.4 show somebody where to go [transitive always + adverb/preposition]POINT AT to show someone which direction they should go in She pointed me towards an armchair. Could you point me in the direction of the bathroom, please?5 suggest what somebody should do [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to suggest what someone should do My teachers were all pointing me towards university. A financial adviser should be able to point you in the right direction. 6 suggest that something is true [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] to suggest that something is true Everything seemed to point in one direction.point to/towards All the evidence pointed towards Blake as the murderer. Everything points to her having died from a drugs overdose.7 walls/buildings [transitive] British EnglishTBB to put new cement between the bricks of a wall8 → point your toes9 → point the/a finger at somebody10 → point the way → point something ↔ out → point to something → point something ↔ up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpuspoint• Children are taught that it's rude to point.• "Look, '' she said, pointing at a vase in a shop window.• The comment was pointed at du Cann.• The teacher pointed at Marcus and told him to come to the front of the class.• Babies learn to point before they learn to talk.• A handmade sign for the party pointed down a dirt road.• Could you point me in the right direction?• Then the rod-man screamed, arm pointing straight ahead at the surf.• They were crowded together in a corner, their tails pointing the same way.• It will be time to go when the big hand points to 12 and the little hand points to 8.• "That's Margo's bouquet, on the table.'' Mother pointed to a massive bunch of spring flowers.• Winston points to airline deregulation as case in point.• He rested the handle on the hair between her legs, the blade pointing up towards her abdomen.• So when he followed up by pointing us towards the touchline, I got the shock of my life.• Don't point your finger at me.point at• She pointed at my plate and asked why I wasn't eating.point something at somebody/something• The man pointed the gun at her head.point to/towards• Later I discovered she was only pointing to an overflow culvert.• There were no intellectual points to be scored, no intense undergraduate conversations, no pretensions.• Peabody pointed to Grafton, which was chosen by Marvin Windows as the site for a factory.• You could, as Karl Marx and others did, point to inequities in the distribution of wealth and indict capitalism.• Larry slept on a cot in grubby clothes but made it a point to shave every day.• She made it a point to tell people as little about herself as possible.• It teaches wariness and points to the danger of narcissism.• It doesn't mean that the problem is solved, but there's a starting point to work from.point ... in the direction of• Upright at opposite ends of a turbulent field, they point woodenly in the direction of hope.• I have time to discuss only one lexical myth: this is the signpost which points us in the direction of precision.• He asked the first policeman he saw the way to London University and was pointed in the direction of the Strand.• Historically, the Black Virgin cult seems to point in the direction of two alternatives in particular.• Keep your right elbow pointing in the direction of your right hip as shown.point ... in the right direction• If you are going somewhere then you have to know where you are going in order to point in the right direction.• It also assumes that existing people are already capable and only need pointing in the right direction.• Yet it's a remarkably basic skill to master once you've been pointed in the right direction.point to/towards• Later I discovered she was only pointing to an overflow culvert.• There were no intellectual points to be scored, no intense undergraduate conversations, no pretensions.• Peabody pointed to Grafton, which was chosen by Marvin Windows as the site for a factory.• You could, as Karl Marx and others did, point to inequities in the distribution of wealth and indict capitalism.• Larry slept on a cot in grubby clothes but made it a point to shave every day.• She made it a point to tell people as little about herself as possible.• It teaches wariness and points to the danger of narcissism.• It doesn't mean that the problem is solved, but there's a starting point to work from.