punctuates, punctuating, punctuated
VERB: usu passive
If an activity or situation is punctuated by particular things, it is interrupted by them at intervals. [WRITTEN]

[be V-ed by/with n] The silence of the night was punctuated by the distant rumble of traffic.


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