Definition of punctual in English:



  • 1Happening or doing something at the agreed or proper time.

    ‘he's the sort of man who's always punctual’
    • ‘Our trains are much more punctual and people are a lot happier, the old nickname seems to be gradually disappearing altogether.’
    • ‘Customers have a right to expect a punctual train service and at Midland Mainline that is what we are working extremely hard to provide following a number of months of disruption on the rail network.’
    • ‘I'm a very punctual person - I just can't stand being late for anything.’
    • ‘Schools with best practices have teachers who are punctual, stay on after school hours to prepare for the next day's work and interact with students in a friendly manner.’
    • ‘She looks at her watch and says, ‘Good, you are very punctual.’’
    • ‘Ragweed hay fever has a short, punctuated, and punctual season.’
    • ‘Midland Mainline managing director Paul Bunting said the firm was making ‘the best fist’ of the situation as it could, and was committed to providing punctual and high-quality services.’
    • ‘We remain committed to delivering punctual and reliable services.’
    • ‘While they are super-fast, comfortable, punctual and convenient, the Shinkansen trains are not cheap.’
    • ‘He used be punctual for the rehearsals and I had to think a hundred times before telling him anything,’ said Farah.’
    • ‘Martin is not the greatest of administrators, and he isn't punctual, but he doesn't bother about things like that.’
    • ‘She worked for some time in St. Joseph's Convent of Mercy and is remembered as a very punctual and reliable member of staff, with a pleasant personality and outlook.’
    • ‘During a four-week period ending on July 25, 84.4 percent of trains run by First Great Western were punctual compared to 73.8 per cent in August last year.’
    • ‘Shanghai began to use its new digital radar control system October 15, on its air route to Japan's Fukuoka, to guarantee the safety of flights and their punctual take-off and landing.’
    • ‘Mrs Ronayne, 29, from Old Town, said: ‘Rosie was due today, so is very punctual.’’
    • ‘Hungarians have learnt to be more punctual and correct in our relations, being more influenced by the west,’ she said.’
    • ‘I had some dealings with him, and to my amazement, he never agreed to a discount and was always punctual in meeting delivery deadlines.’
    • ‘Each of them shows up obediently at my room to be interviewed in turn, like hopeful job applicants - punctual and personable, indulging in nothing heavier than coffee.’
    • ‘The local Reserve Defence Forces drawn from D-Company of the 10th infantry battalion, got the eagerly awaited parade off to a punctual start on the stoke of 2.30 pm.’
    • ‘In the report inspectors recognised the problems we have with poor accommodation and punctual starts to lessons arising from this.’
    opportune, well timed, at the right time, prompt, convenient, appropriate, suitable, apt, fitting, expedient, felicitous
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  • 2Grammar
    Denoting or relating to an action that takes place at a particular point in time.

    Contrasted with durative
    on time, prompt, on schedule, to schedule, in good time, in time, when expected, timely, well timed
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Late 17th century: from medieval Latin punctualis, from Latin punctum ‘a point’.