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American English: /pɔɪnt/
British English: /pɔɪnt/

Translation of point in Spanish:


  • 1 countable (sharp end, tip) to come to a point
    acabar en punta
    at the point of a gun
    Example sentences
    • Small children and sharp points don't go together.
    • The defendant claimed his father had had a carving knife and had become aggressive and he had felt the point of the weapon in his back.
    • I dropped my tool on its point, which blunted it, so the left side is less worked and detailed than the right side.
  • 2 countable 2.1 (dot)
    Example sentences
    • Footnote numbering in the text should be placed after the full point at the end of a sentence.
    • Every punctuation point had better be right.
    • When elements are removed from inside a word or phrase, but nothing is taken from the end, a full point is often omitted.
    also: decimal point
    coma (feminine)
    punto (masculine) decimal (Latin America) (the point is used instead of the comma in some Latin American countries)
    1.5 (léase: one point five)
    1,5 (read as: uno coma cinco)
    1.5 (read as: uno punto cinco) (Latin America)
  • 3 countable 3.1 (in space) the southernmost/highest point of the island
    el punto más meridional/alto de la isla
    the points of the compass
    los puntos cardinales
    meeting point
    punto de encuentro
    customs point point of contact point of departure point of entry
    (of bullet) orificio (masculine) de entrada
    (of immigrant, goods) punto de entrada
    I've reached the point where I just don't care
    he llegado a un punto en que ya no me importa
    things have reached such a point that …
    las cosas han llegado a tal punto or a tal extremo que …
    the point of no returnwe've reached the point of no return
    ahora ya no nos podemos echar atrás
    (literal) ahora tenemos que seguir adelante
    ahora ya no nos podemos volver
    Example sentences
    • It said that the investigators conducted 783 tests at screening points and other areas of airport security.
    • People can hand in their unused glasses and sunglasses at a number of collection points in the area.
    • Being one of the highest points in the area, it is considered to be a sacred grove.
    3.2 (on scale) freezing/boiling point
    punto de congelación/ebullición
    the index rose three points
    el índice subió tres enteros or puntos
    his nerves were at breaking point
    estaba a punto de estallar
    the trains were at bursting point
    los trenes iban repletos
    the children have reached saturation point
    los niños ya están saturados
    you're right, up to a point
    hasta cierto punto tienes razón
    she is reserved to the point of coldness
    es tan reservada, que llega a ser fría
    his writing is untidy to the point of being illegible
    tiene tan mala letra, que lo que escribe resulta ilegible
    we worked to the point of exhaustion
    trabajamos hasta quedar agotados
    they tormented her to the point where her life became unbearable
    la atormentaron hasta tal punto, que la vida se le hizo insoportable
    Example sentences
    • The polls had a margin of error of four percentage points.
    • The figure represents an increase of 7.7 percentage points from last year.
    • However, the news isn't all good: gross margins slipped by 0.3 percentage points year on year.
  • 4 countable (in time) at this point the doorbell rang
    en ese momento or instante sonó el timbre
    at this point in the game
    en este momento del juego
    at this point in time
    en este momento
    at what point did you begin to suspect?
    ¿en qué momento empezó a sospechar?
    at no point did they mention money
    en ningún momento hablaron de dinero
    he was at the point of death [formal]
    estaba agonizando
    from this point on
    a partir de este momento
    to be on the point of something/-ing
    estar a punto de + infinitive
    he was on the point of confessing
    estaba a punto de confesar
    he was on the point of tears
    estaba a punto de ponerse a llorar or estaba al borde de las lágrimas
    Example sentences
    • There comes a point in the refurbishment process where the law of diminishing returns come into play.
    • There are three points in this process at which learning can potentially play a role.
    • From the point of conception onwards, parents are now viewed as a risk factor in their children's lives.
  • 5 countable (in contest, exam) set/match point (in tennis)
    bola (feminine) de set/partido
    to win on points (in boxing)
    ganar por puntos
    to make points with somebody (US)
    hacer méritos con alguien
    (before noun) points victory or win
    victoria (feminine) por puntos
    Example sentences
    • To score 17 points in a game, and still lose, is a very bitter pill to swallow.
    • He was captain of the basketball team and set a school record by scoring 22 points in a game.
    • He kicked two vital points from play when they were needed most.
  • 6 countable 6.1 (item, matter) we discussed various points
    tratamos diversos puntos or diversas cuestiones
    agreement was reached on the following points
    se llegó a un acuerdo en los siguientes puntos
    the main points of the news
    un resumen de las noticias más importantes del día
    point of honor
    cuestión (feminine) de honor or pundonor
    point of order
    moción (feminine) de orden
    to bring up or raise a point
    plantear una cuestión
    as a point of principle a point of law
    una cuestión de derecho
    in point of fact not to put too fine a point on it
    hablando en plata or en buen romance
    to make a point of something/-ingshe always made a point of talking to everyone
    siempre se preocupaba por or se proponía conversar con todo el mundo
    I'll make a point of watching them closely
    me encargaré de vigilarlos de cerca
    to stretch a point
    hacer una excepción
    Example sentences
    • It has already warned that the housing market is beginning to cool so the impact of the new rules is likely to be the main point of interest.
    • He was reluctant to be drawn into any detailed discussion of this point.
    • Bulleted lists of key points at the end of each chapter provide an excellent review for students.
    Example sentences
    • Surely the point is that rules and guidelines like this are to be applauded whatever the source.
    • Whatever its deficiencies, the point was that it was inclusive, not divisive.
    • Grant says the point is that no one knows what it's like to be Lauren or what's going on inside her head.
    6.2 (argument) Mike's point was a good one
    Mike tenía razón en lo que dijo
    it was a point which had never occurred to me
    era algo que nunca se me había ocurrido
    to make a pointwhat point are you trying to make?
    ¿qué estás tratando de decir?
    that was a very interesting point you made
    lo que señalaste or planteaste or dijiste es muy interesante
    I'd like to make one more point, if I may
    quisiera hacer otra observación or señalar otra cosa, si me permiten
    she made the point that …
    observó que …
    all right, you've made your point! I see your point about it being boring!
    ya veo lo que querías decir con lo de que era aburrido
    I take your point that …
    acepto que …
    point taken I think he has a point
    yo creo que tiene razón or que no está tan errado
    you have a point there
    tienes razón (en lo que dices)
    to prove a pointthat proves my point that we need more staff
    eso me da la razón en que necesitamos más personal
    she's doing it simply to prove a point
    no lo hace más que para demostrar que tiene razón
  • 7 7.1 (central issue, meaning) to come/get to the point to keep or stick to the point
    no irse por las ramas
    no salirse del tema
    now, to get back to the point, … she was brief and to the point
    fue breve y concisa
    I don't need a car and, more to the point …
    no necesito coche, y lo que es más …
    that's beside the point
    eso no tiene nada que ver or no viene al caso
    the point is that it should have been ready yesterday
    el hecho es que debería haber estado listo ayer
    that's not the point
    no se trata de eso
    that's just the point!
    Mr Mercer seems to have entirely missed the point
    el señor Mercer parece no haber entendido en absoluto de qué se trata
    7.2 uncountable (cogency) to give point to something
    darle fuerza a algo
    Example sentences
    • They put their ideas and points across very eloquently.
    • He/she who needs to resort to violence to prove a point, has a poor argument.
    • He made some very valid points in his argument.
  • 8 uncountable (purpose) what's the point of going on?
    ¿qué sentido tiene seguir?
    ¿para qué vamos a seguir?
    I'm not voting: what's the point?
    yo no voto ¡para qué! or ¿qué sentido tiene?
    the whole point of my trip was to see you
    justamente iba a viajar ( or he viajado etc. ) nada más que para verte
    el único propósito de mi viaje era verte a ti
    there's no point or there isn't any point (in) feeling sorry for yourself
    no sirve de nada compadecerse
    I can't see much point in a resumption of talks
    no veo de qué va a servir que se reanuden las conversaciones
    there is some point to it
    tiene su sentido or su razón de ser
  • 9 countable 9.1 (feature, quality) patience/music isn't one of my strong points
    la paciencia/música no es mi fuerte
    she doesn't see his bad points
    no le ve los defectos
    the good and bad points of the system
    los pros y los contras del sistema
    these are the points to look for
    estos son los detalles en los que hay que fijarse
    9.2 (of animal)
    Example sentences
    • The dorsal stripe is the color of the horse's points.
    • The mask, legs and tail should all show clear tabby markings which should be the same colour on all points.
  • 11 (promontory) (Geography)
    Example sentences
    • I elect to stay outside and swim round the point, making a circuit back to the boat through an archway in the cliff.
    • We'll go back around the point and into that last small bight we passed on our way here.
    • I'm just taking the canoe around the point for a little paddle.
  • 12
    also: points plural
    12.1 (Motor Vehicles)
    platinos (masculine plural)
    Example sentences
    • If the points need to be replaced you must remove the flywheel.
    • The distributor should be completely dismantled and the points examined.
    • I cleaned the points and the bike is now rideable.
    12.2 (British) (Railways)
    agujas (feminine plural)
    Example sentences
    • Because of the vibration of the trains passing over points, bolts may loosen slightly over time.
    • The first train to pass over the points was the 7am service to Glasgow.
    • The line could be extended to Skipton, and beyond, by the simple addition of a set of points at Embsay Junction.
    12.3 (ballet) on points
    en punta(s) de pie

transitive verb

  • 1 (aim, direct) can you point us in the right direction?
    ¿nos puede indicar por dónde se va?
    ¿nos puede señalar el camino?
    the arrow pointed the way to the exit
    la flecha indicaba or señalaba el camino a la salida
    his example points the way for the whole nation
    su ejemplo señala or apunta el camino que debe seguir la nación entera
    point the aerosol away from you
    apunta para otro lado con el aerosol
    to point something at somebody/somethinghe pointed his finger at me
    me señaló con el dedo
    she pointed the gun at him
    le apuntó con la pistola
    don't point the hose at the flowers
    no apuntes directamente a las flores con la manguera
  • 2 (Building)
    rejuntar (con mortero)
    Example sentences
    • The brickwork was being pointed up and painters were carefully applying fresh coats of white paint to doors and lintels.
    • Paddy Geraghty and myself used to point that wall when I was employed in the wood many years ago.
    • Ideally you should point the brickwork after the bricks have been laid long enough for the mortar to start to set.
  • 3 3.1 (mark)
    Example sentences
    • The Coroner, in pointing the moral, condemned the sale at hucksters' shops of cheap, pernicious cigarettes and said the case should be a warning to boys addicted to cigarette smoking.
    • He points his words with barbs of humor to make them stick.
    • She leant across the table and pointed her remarks with her knitting needles.
    3.2 (give emphasis)
    poner énfasis en

intransitive verb

  • 1 (with finger, stick etc) it's rude to point the gun was pointing in my direction
    la pistola apuntaba hacia mí
    with her toes pointing outward
    con las puntas de los pies hacia afuera
    to point at/to something/somebody
    señalar algo/a alguien
    he pointed to or at the clock on the wall
    señaló el reloj que había en la pared
    the big hand is pointing to six
    el minutero señala el número seis
    to point toward something
    señalar en dirección a algo
    Example sentences
    • He had managed to distract the man's attention by pointing at something behind his back.
    • ‘There you go, again,’ he said, his finger pointing at the pictures.
    • Carol looked to see what her finger was pointing at.
    Example sentences
    • ‘Back away,’ Floyd directed, pointing a large stick of chalk at Kyle.
    • He is pictured pointing his weapon at his colleague.
    • It is tempting to try a few long exposure shots provided you don't have an unwary fellow-guest pointing his flash light at you.
  • 2 (call attention)to point to something
    señalar algo
    the report points to deficiencies in health care
    el informe señala deficiencias en la asistencia sanitaria
    the company can point to excellent sales figures
    la empresa puede señalar sus excelentes cifras de ventas
  • 3 (indicate, suggest)to point to something
    indicar algo
    it all points to suicide
    todo indica or hace pensar que se trata de un suicidio
    the trends point to an early economic recovery
    los indicios apuntan a una pronta reactivación de la economía
    his silence points to complicity
    su silencio es señal de complicidad
    Example sentences
    • At Castle Place the Coney Island sign is pointing in the wrong direction which must be very confusing for visitors.
    • They all now came down to a brown old sign that pointed in two directions.
    • Consumer spending indicators are pointing down.
    Example sentences
    • It also points to the fact that work by women has been neglected on the stage of one of our foremost theatres.
    • For the next few weeks at least all the directional indicators are pointing to blood in the hencoop.
    • There are many facts pointing to sweeping climatic changes in the Earth's distant past.
  • 4 (in hunting)
    Example sentences
    • The judges will not only base their classification on the number of times a dog points game, but rather on the overall quality of the points.
    • If one dog points game the other dog must back the first dog.
    • Both dogs found and pointed a group of about seven or eight birds.

Phrasal verbs

point out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
1 (show) to point something/somebody out to somebodyhe pointed out to me the house where Medina once lived
me señaló or me mostró la casa donde había vivido Medina
I'll point her out to you if I see her
te la señalaré si la veo
2 (make aware of)
but that was before my time, he pointed out
—pero eso fue anterior a mi época —señaló
he pointed out to them that time was getting short
les señaló or les advirtió or les hizo notar que quedaba poco tiempo
let me point out that …
permítame señalar or observar que …

point up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
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