Synonyms of point
1 essenceDictionary • You have missed the main point of my argument.
essence • Some claim that Ireland's very essence is expressed through its language.
meaning • I became more aware of the symbols and their meanings.
subject • It was I who first raised the subject of plastic surgery.
question • The whole question of aid is a tricky political one.
matter • This conflict forms the matter of the play.
heart • The heart of the problem is supply and demand.
theme • The novel's central theme is the conflict between men and women.
import • I have already spoken about the import of his speech.
text • His work served as the text of secret debates.
core • He has the ability to get straight to the core of a problem.
drift • She was beginning to get his drift.
thrust • The main thrust of the film is its examination of religious values.
marrow • the very marrow of his being
crux • He said the crux of the matter was economic policy.
gist • He related the gist of his conversation to us.
nub • That, I think, is the nub of the problem.
2 purposeDictionary • What's the point of all these questions?
purpose • The purpose of the occasion was to raise money for charity.
aim • a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
object • The object of the exercise is to raise money for charity.
use • You will no longer have a use for the car.
end • another policy designed to achieve the same end
reason • There is a reason for every important thing that happens.
goal • The goal is to raise as much money as possible.
design • Is there some design in having him here?
intention • He announced his intention of standing for parliament.
objective • His objective was to play golf and win.
utility • He inwardly questioned the utility of his work.
intent • a statement of intent on arms control
motive • Police have ruled out robbery as a motive for the killing.
usefulness • His interest lay in the usefulness of his work.
3 aspectDictionary • The most interesting point about the village is its religion.
aspect • Climate affects every aspect of our lives.
detail • I recall every detail of the party.
feature • The gardens are a special feature of this property.
side • He is in charge of the civilian side of the UN mission.
quality • He wanted to introduce mature people with leadership qualities.
property • A radio signal has both electrical and magnetic properties.
particular • The nurses at the admission desk asked for her particulars.
respect • He's simply wonderful in every respect.
item • The other item on the agenda is the tour.
characteristic • Genes determine the characteristics of every living thing.
topic • They offer tips on topics such as home safety.
attribute • He has every attribute a footballer could want.
trait • Creativity is a human trait.
facet • The caste system shapes nearly every facet of Indian life.
peculiarity • a strange peculiarity of the Soviet system
4 placeDictionary • The town square is a popular meeting point for tourists.
place • the place where the temple actually stood
area • the large number of community groups in the area
position • The ship's position was reported to the coastguard.
station • Police said the bomb was buried in the sand near a lifeguard station.
site • the site of Moses' tomb
spot • They returned to the remote spot where they had left him.
location • the city's newest luxury hotel has a beautiful location.
locality • Such a locality is popularly referred to as a 'hot spot'.
locale • An amusement park is the perfect locale for adventures.
5 momentDictionary • At this point, Diana arrived.
moment • At this moment a car stopped outside the house.
time • It seemed like a good time to tell her.
stage • the final stage of the tour
period • a period of a few months
phase • The crisis is entering a crucial phase.
instant • At the same instant, he flung open the car door.
juncture • We're at a critical juncture.
moment in time
6 stageDictionary • It got to the point where he had to leave.
level • in order according to their level of difficulty
position • He's going to be in a difficult position if things go badly.
condition • The government has to encourage people to better their condition.
degree • They achieved varying degrees of success.
pitch • Tensions have reached such a pitch in the area that the army have been called in.
circumstance • They say they will never, under any circumstances, be the first to use force.
extent • The full extent of the losses was revealed yesterday.
7 endDictionary • the point of a knife
end • He tapped the ends of his fingers together.
tip • She poked and shifted things with the tip of her walking stick.
spike • a 15-foot wall topped with iron spikes
apex • She led me up a gloomy corridor to the apex of the pyramid.
prong • Mark the loaf with the prongs of a fork.
8 scoreDictionary • Sort the answers out and add up the points.
score • So what is the score anyway?
tally • They do not keep a tally of visitors to the palace.
mark • Unemployment is fast approaching the one million mark.
9 headlandDictionary • a long point of land reaching southwards into the sea
headland • The headland south of Coolum has walking trails.
head • a ship off the beach head
cape • voyages of exploration round the Cape
promontory • a promontory jutting out into the bay
10 pinpointDictionary • a point of light in an otherwise dark world
mark • The dogs rub against the walls and make dirty marks.
spot • The floorboards were covered with white spots.
dot • a small black dot in the middle
fleck • His hair is dark grey with flecks of ginger.
speck • There is a speck of blood by his ear.
1 aimDictionary • A man pointed a gun at them and pulled the trigger. usually followed by at or to
aim • He was aiming the rifle at me.
level • The soldiers level guns at each other along the border.
train • She trained her binoculars on the horizon.
direct • He directed the tiny beam of light at the roof.
2 faceDictionary • He controlled the car until it was pointing forwards again.
look • The terrace looks onto the sea.
IDIOMS:▷ beside the point
PHRASAL VERBS:▷ point at or to something or someone
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aimThe aim of something that you do is the purpose for which you do it or the result that it is intended to achieve.
• a research programme that has failed to achieve its aim
Holy Grail (informal)
Holy Grail (informal)
aimIf you aim a weapon or object at something or someone, you point it towards them before firing or throwing it.
• He was aiming the rifle at me.
• She led me up a gloomy corridor to the apex of the pyramid.
Thesaurus for point from the Collins English Thesaurus
a dot or tiny mark