From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpointpoint1 /pɔɪnt/ ●●● S1 W1 noun 1 idea [countable]SUBJECT a single fact, idea, or opinion that is part of an argument or discussion That’s a very interesting point. She made some extremely good points. There are three important points we must bear in mind. This brings me to my next point.point about I agree with John’s point about keeping the costs down.► see thesaurus at comment2 → the point3 purpose [uncountable]PURPOSE the purpose or aim of something I suppose we could save one or two of the trees, but what’s the point?point of What’s the point of this meeting anyway? The whole point of this legislation is to protect children. There’s no point in worrying. We’re going to lose anyway, so I can’t see the point of playing. I didn’t see the point in moving to London.4 place [countable]PLACE a particular place or position The accident happened at the point where the A15 joins the M1. No cars are allowed beyond this point. a border crossing point Cairo is a convenient departure point for tours. Dover is a point of entry into Britain.► see thesaurus at place5 in time/development [countable]TIME/AT A PARTICULAR TIME an exact moment, time, or stage in the development of something I had reached a point in my career where I needed to decide which way to go. She had got to the point where she felt that she could not take any more. Their win over old rivals Manchester United was the high point (=best part) in their season. Sales reached a low point in 1996. We will take last week’s riots as a starting point for our discussion. At one point, I thought he was going to burst into tears. Maybe at this point we should move onto some of the practical experiments. At that point, I was still living at home and had no job. You will probably sell the car at some point in the future. It is impossible to give a definite answer at this point in time. Some children are bullied to the point of suicide (=until they reach this stage).► see thesaurus at time6 quality/feature [countable usually plural]CHARACTER OF somethingCHARACTER/PERSONALITY a particular quality or feature that something or someone hassomebody’s/something’s good/bad points Sometimes she had to remind herself of his good points.point of They would spend hours discussing the finer points (=small details about qualities and features) of various cars. The low price is one of its main selling points (=features that will help to sell it). Driving was not one of Baxter’s strong points. One of the club’s plus points is that it is central. There were some weak points in his argument.7 games/sport [countable]DSDG one of the marks or numbers that shows your score in a game or sport He is three points behind the leader. Leeds United are now six points clear at the top of the table. She had to win this point. You get three points for a win and one point for a draw. You lose a point if you do not complete the puzzle on time. The fight went the full fifteen rounds, and in the end the American won on points.8 sharp end [countable]END/POINT a sharp end of something the sharp point of a spear9 → boiling point/freezing point/melting point etc10 → the point of no return11 → point of departure12 → be on the point of (doing) something13 → up to a point14 → to the point15 → make a point of doing something16 → when/if it comes to the point17 → in point of fact18 → not to put too fine a point on it19 numbers [countable]HMN a sign (.) used to separate a whole number from any decimals that follow it20 measure on a scale [countable]MEASURE a mark or measure on a scale The stock market has fallen by over 200 points in the last week.21 small spot [countable]SMALL a very small spot of light or colour The stars shone like points of light in the sky.22 direction [countable]DIRECTION one of the marks on a compass that shows direction Soldiers were advancing on us from all points of the compass.23 piece of land [countable]SG a long thin piece of land that stretches out into the sea We sailed round the point into a small, sheltered bay.24 electricity [countable] British EnglishTEE a piece of plastic with holes in it which is attached to a wall and to which electrical equipment can be connected a telephone point an electrical point25 → points → pointeCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: a single fact, idea, or opinion that is part of an argument or discussionadjectivesa good pointI think that’s a very good point.an interesting pointHe has made an interesting point.an important pointThat’s an important point to bear in mind.a serious pointHe’s making a joke but there is a serious point there as well.a valid pointShe raised a number of valid points.a general pointI’d like to make one further general point.a similar pointKevin Phillips made a similar point in his 1993 book, ‘Boiling Point’.the main pointFinally, I will summarise the main points of this chapter.one final/last pointThere is one final point I would like to make.verbsmake a pointHe makes the point that predicting behaviour is not easy.put/get your point across (=make people understand it)I think we got our point across.raise a point (=mention it)I was going to raise that point.illustrate/demonstrate a pointA simple example will illustrate the point.prove your/a point (=prove that what you say is right)He was determined to prove his point.understand a pointI’m sorry, I don’t understand your point.see/take/get somebody’s point (=understand or agree with it)OK, I take your point. But it’s not that easy.have a point (=have made a good point)Maybe she has a point.labour the point British English, belabor the point American English (=keep saying something)I don’t wish to labour the point, but why didn’t you just tell me?clarify a point (=make it clearer)Could you clarify a couple of points for me?phrasespoint taken (=used to say to someone that you accept what they say)All right, point taken – I should have asked you first.the finer points of something (=the small details)I’m afraid I don’t understand the finer points of the game.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: phrasesthe point is (that) ...The point is that going by bus would be a lot cheaper.that’s the (whole) pointThat’s the point. She didn’t tell us what was going on.that's not the pointWe'd earn a lot of money, but that's not the point.be beside the point (=be not the most important thing to consider)He's the best person for the job so his age is beside the point.more to the point (=what is more important)When did she leave, and, more to the point, why?verbsget/come (straight) to the point (=talk about the most important thing immediately)I haven't got much time so let's get straight to the point.get the point (=understand it)He didn’t get the point at first.miss the point (=not understand it)I don't know why but Mel always seems to miss the point.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 5: an exact moment, time, or stage in the development of somethingverbsreach a pointSome couples reach a point where divorce is the only solution.get to a pointYou get to the point where ordinary things like climbing stairs are difficult.mark a high/low/turning etc point (=be or happen at a particular time in the development of something)The day of the accident marked a turning point in Kenny’s life.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + pointa high pointWinning the World Championship was the high point of my career.a low pointShe helped me when I was at a low point in my life.a starting pointThe following recipes are a good starting point for making your own bread.a turning point (=the time when an important change starts, especially an improvement)A turning point in the history of the republic came in 1358.crisis point (=the point at which a situation becomes extremely serious)The tensions within the country have reached crisis point.breaking point (=a time when someone or something can no longer deal with something)Our resources are stretched to breaking point.bursting point (=a time when something is completely full)The hospital was full to bursting point.saturation point (=a time when no more can be added to something)Is the market for computer games reaching saturation point?phrasesat one point (=at a time in the past)At one point I was thinking of studying physics.at some pointOver half the population suffers from back pain at some point in their lives.at this/that pointI’m not prepared at this point to make any decision.at this/that point in time formal (=used especially in official speeches, announcements etc)It would be wrong to comment at this point in time.to the point of something (=until a stage is reached or is near)British industry was driven to the point of collapse.there comes a point when/where ...There comes a point where you have to accept defeat.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 6: a particular quality or feature that something or someone hasadjectivesgood pointsEvery system has its good points and its drawbacks.bad pointsWhat would you say are Natalie’s bad points?somebody’s strong point (=something that they are good at)Mathematics was never my strong point.somebody’s weak point (=something that they are not good at)Be honest about assessing your weak points.a plus point British English (=an advantage or good feature)The airline’s outstanding safety record is a major plus point.a positive pointUnderfloor heating has a lot of positive points.a negative pointA few negative points should be mentioned.a selling point (=a quality or feature that makes people want to buy something)The house's main selling point is its beautiful garden.the finer points of something (=small details about the qualities or features of something)I'm afraid I'm not interested in the finer points of cars.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 7: one of the marks or numbers that shows your score in a game or sportverbsscore a point (=especially in games such as football, baseball, cricket etc)The Kiwis scored 206 points in their three matches.win a point (=especially in games such as tennis, where the ball goes back and forth between competitors)I didn't win a single point in my first few games.get a point informal (=score a point)Our aim is to get as many points as possible.lose a pointIf he’s got the answer wrong, he loses 250 points.give/award somebody a pointI was awarded 17 points out of 20.phraseswin/lose by 5/10 etc pointsWe only lost by two points.win/lose on points (=win or lose a fight because of the judges’ decision)He was knocked down twice, before losing on points.be level on points British English:The teams finished level on points.
Examples from the Corpuspoint• Steve Jones is 15 points ahead.• Reeves scored 23 points for Arizona.• In darts, you get 50 points for hitting the bullseye.• Damon Hill leads the Formula 1 Championship, with 58 points from 6 races.• Soon they came to a point where the road divided.• Line A crosses line B at point C.• His plan has both good and bad points.• Each point in the ratio meant 100,000 tons of capital ships, or the equivalent of about three battleships.• Almost everything has been agreed. There is just one final point that needs to be settled.• The market place was the growing point of most towns, and they have taken their shape around it.• Make a list of the main points in the article.• By mixing metals it is possible to make alloys which are tougher and have a lower melting point than the individual metals.• one point nine percent• This survey data is cross-section data taken from a sample of households at a particular point in time.• a pencil point• In other words, an increase in expected inflation of 5 percentage points shifts the Phillips curve upwards by 5 percentage points.• Michael's point about training is an interesting one.• It has small white flowers, and leaves that taper to a sharp point.• They are now 0-6 in games decided by six points or fewer.• Cicely makes six points, grabs four rebounds and finally seems to know what plays are being run.• In his speech, Marks made the point that far more people died from smoking tobacco than from taking drugs.• I can't see the point of travelling all that way and then only staying for one day.• "I'll come straight to the point, " said the doctor. "I think you are suffering from depression."• Ben carved his name in the tree trunk, using the point of his knife.• From this point on, to stop short will be difficult and frustrating.• How it got to this point is there was an investigation of a staff member abusing a child.• Exactly what point are you trying to make, Nick?what’s the point• I hate cigarettes anyway, what's the point?• Groups such as N-Joi and Altern 8 use dancers to give their performances a human feel, but what's the point?• I could tell him, but what's the point? He never listens to anyone.• But, quite frankly, what's the point?• I mean, what's the point?• No, what's the point?• There are far too many already, and all these minor ones, what's the point?• So what's the point of all this research?• So what's the point of us moving out?departure point• Travel from your chosen departure point at a time that suits you.• A number of independent coach companies offer a range of departure points and times throughout the London area.• Just check the code for your selected departure point against the panel below to find the departure and return Time Band applicable.• Commercial and cargo flights would be allowed as long as they were inspected at their departure points.• Our reservations staff will be pleased to quote alternative departure times, departure points and routes on request.• You can choose your departure point from our massive range of flights and airports on page 10-13 of the main brochure.reached ... point• Over a series of dives, Skorupka eventually reached a point some 420 metres from base at 30 metres depth.• Few sites that I visited had reached a point where they clearly would survive if these extra start-up funds disappeared.• Sontag is certainly right that in our time human thought has reached a point of excruciating complexity.• They have reached a point in their drama when they need factual information, they want to get it right.• We have reached a point where the way ahead seems to have petered out.• Last year he reached a point when he knew he had to stop.• We have, however, reached a point at which family functions can no longer be taken for granted.• We've reached a point where we don't have enough money to continue all our services.the finer points• The agonized hand-wringing about internationalism and the finer points of world politics were thrust aside.• Though Pilger was a committed left-winger, he was lacking the finer points of the new feminist-influenced Right-On etiquette.• It hasn't learned this behaviour; it was born with it, though it gradually learns the finer points.• His elucidation of the finer points of betting is also excellent.• To begin the evening Laurent Perrier will conduct a champagne tasting, educating us all on the finer points in choosing champagne.• Sometimes they were right, news crews rarely had the time or the inclination to pursue the finer points.• They're just the people to spot the finer points of ornithology, are they?• Looking back, I can not imagine that I understood the finer points of the contract M. Chaillot placed before me.win ... point• Thirteen times, the Cardinal won by 15 points or more.• He won points from some for delivering his speech amid the disruptions.• But the head in question did succeed in winning this point.• It was United's first league win and their points of the new season.• Whitaker will throw enough punches to win on points.• Val Walton won by a point.points of light• The records are even finer grained than that: cold, bump, points of light, waiting.• At the same time one should look for points of light in the darkness.• The count suddenly stiffened, his midnight-black eyes narrowing to glittering points of light, and Maggie knew the game was up.• For most people in the line it was firing at leaves or points of light.• The glow from a thousand points of light seems less reliable than that from the lightbulbs of a well-financed bureaucracy.• On close examination, tiny points of light can be seen bouncing in a random zig-zag motion.• A beautiful silver starfish, with points of light all over its body, sapphire and rose-pink and silver.• The ocean tilted up to meet him, its dark surface studded with points of light that looked like constellations, fallen stars.