1 thing said as part of a discussion
ADJ. good, interesting, valid | important | minor | subtle | moot | central, crucial, key, major, salient | controversial | talking The possibility of an interest rate cut is a major talking point in the City.
VERB + POINT have She's got a point. | see, take I see your point. Point taken. | concede | cover, make, raise She made some interesting points. | argue, discuss They argued the point for hours. | illustrate | get across, make, prove He had trouble getting his point across. That proves my point. | drive/hammer home, emphasize, labour, press, stress I understand what you're saying?there's no need to labour the point.
PHRASES a case in point (= an example relevant to the matter being discussed), the point at issue, a point of agreement/disagreement, a point of law > Special page at MEETING
2 the point: essential aspect of sth
ADJ. basic The basic point is that …
VERB + POINT come/get to Hurry up and get to the point! | get It took me a few minutes to get the point. | miss | wander from/off
PREP. beside the ~ (= not relevant) That's beside the point. | to the ~ His remarks were brief and to the point.
PHRASES more to the point (= what is more important) More to the point, did they get away?
3 meaning/reason/purpose of sth
ADJ. whole That's the whole point.
VERB + POINT have It doesn't have any point to it. | see I don't see the point in arguing.
PREP. ~ in/of There's absolutely no point in complaining now. What's the point of worrying?
ADJ. finer, good, strong We discussed the finer points of growing roses. | bad, weak | salient
PHRASES a point of difference, a point of interest
5 particular time/moment
ADJ. high He had reached the high point of his career. | low | breaking, bursting, saturation to fill a bag to bursting point | boiling, freezing, melting
VERB + POINT get to, reach I've got to the point (= in a book, etc.) where his father is dying.
POINT + VERB come There comes a point in most people's lives when they want to settle down.
PREP. at a/the ~ At one point he looked like winning. | on the ~ of on the point of departure | to the ~ of We worked all night to the point of collapse. | up to a ~ I agree with you up to a point.
PHRASES a point in time At this point we can't give you a final answer. | the point of no return (= after which it is impossible to go back/undo what you have done)
6 particular place/position
ADJ. central, focal the focal point of his life | fixed | assembly, meeting, rallying | starting | vantage | reference | turning This proved to be the turning point of the game. | cut-off | pressure | vanishing
VERB + POINT arrive at, reach
PHRASES a point of contact, a point of reference
8 in a game/sports competition
ADJ. match, set It's set point to Henman.
VERB + POINT get, score, win | lose
PHRASES beat sb/win on points
ADJ. percentage Interest rates fell by one percentage point. VERB + POINT (All the verbs in the following collocate groups may be followed by by, from or to plus point. Sometimes the word by is left out.), be/go/shoot up, improve, increase, jump, rise, soar The Nikkei index rose 710 points to 14894. His popularity rose by 18 points in public opinion polls. | be/come/go down, deline, decrease, depreciate, drop, fall, plummet, plunge The CAC-40 index is down 67 points at 4413.
PHRASES about/around/only/over/up to 10, 20, etc. points The index was down only 4.6 points at the close. | an improvement/an increase/a jump/a rise of 10, 20, etc. points to achieve an improvement of over 4.6 points in operating ratio | a drop/fall/reduction of 10, 20, etc. points 10 thin sharp end of sth
ADJ. fine, sharp
PREP. at, in the direction of He pointed in the direction of the town centre. | to The toddler pointed to the toy he wanted. | towards, with She pointed with her finger at the map.
PHRASES point straight at sb/sth The gun was pointing straight at me. | point the way ‘You must cross that field,’ she said, pointing the way. PHRASAL VERBS point sth out
ADV. correctly, rightly As you so rightly pointed out, our funds are not unlimited. | tartly His wife pointed out tartly that none of them were exactly starving.
VERB + POINT must, should I should point out that not one of these paintings is original. | try to | fail to | be at pains to, be keen to, be quick to She was at pains to point out that she was no newcomer to the area. | be right to You were right to point out that this is only one of the difficulties we face. | be important to
PREP. to She tried in vain to point out to him the unfairness of the situation. point to sth
ADV. clearly Fragments of woven cloth at the site, clearly point to the production of textiles.
VERB + POINT seem to The evidence all seems to point to one conclusion.