Definition of punctual in English:

punctual

adjective

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

    ‘he's the sort of man who's always punctual’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ragweed hay fever has a short, punctuated, and punctual season.’
    • ‘She looks at her watch and says, ‘Good, you are very punctual.’’
    • ‘He used be punctual for the rehearsals and I had to think a hundred times before telling him anything,’ said Farah.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I had some dealings with him, and to my amazement, he never agreed to a discount and was always punctual in meeting delivery deadlines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the report inspectors recognised the problems we have with poor accommodation and punctual starts to lessons arising from this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Our trains are much more punctual and people are a lot happier, the old nickname seems to be gradually disappearing altogether.’
    • ‘I'm a very punctual person - I just can't stand being late for anything.’
    • ‘Hungarians have learnt to be more punctual and correct in our relations, being more influenced by the west,’ she said.’
    • ‘Mrs Ronayne, 29, from Old Town, said: ‘Rosie was due today, so is very punctual.’’
    • ‘Martin is not the greatest of administrators, and he isn't punctual, but he doesn't bother about things like that.’
    • ‘We remain committed to delivering punctual and reliable services.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While they are super-fast, comfortable, punctual and convenient, the Shinkansen trains are not cheap.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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Origin

Late 17th century: from medieval Latin punctualis, from Latin punctum ‘a point’.

Pronunciation

punctual

/ˈpʌŋ(k)tʃʊ(ə)l/