Definition of punctual in English:

punctual

Syllabification: punc·tu·al
Pronunciation: /ˈpəNGkCHo͞oəl
 
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adjective

  • 1Happening or doing something at the agreed or proper time; on time: he’s the sort of man who’s always punctual
    More example sentences
    • While they are super-fast, comfortable, punctual and convenient, the Shinkansen trains are not cheap.
    • I had some dealings with him, and to my amazement, he never agreed to a discount and was always punctual in meeting delivery deadlines.
    • Ragweed hay fever has a short, punctuated, and punctual season.
  • 1.1 Grammar Denoting or relating to an action that takes place at a particular point in time. Contrasted with durative.

Derivatives

punctuality

Pronunciation: /ˌpəNGkCHo͞oˈalitē/
noun
More example sentences
  • The firm will initially use the upgraded lines to improve punctuality, with delayed trains being able to speed up to meet the existing timetable.
  • The Strategic Rail Authority was set up to meet targets for growth in passenger numbers and improvements in punctuality.
  • McLean hoots again as she tells the story of how she had come over all grande dame and lectured her younger colleagues about the importance of punctuality.

Origin

late 17th century: from medieval Latin punctualis, from Latin punctum 'a point'.

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