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punctuate (something) with (something)

1. Literally, to mark a particular clause, sentence, paragraph, etc., with a certain kind of punctuation mark. To be honest, I would punctuate this sentence with an em-dash between the two clauses rather than a semicolon. Never punctuate a sentence with a question mark and exclamation point side by side—choose one or the other.
2. To highlight or emphasize one's speech or writing with particular linguistic flairs, such as certain words or turns of phrase, body language, rhetorical devices, etc. She always punctuates her speech with these hand gestures that have since become something of a trademark for her during the campaign. His letter was punctuated with emotional appeals to the reader.
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punctuate something with something

 
1. to add a particular punctuation mark to a piece of writing. You have punctuated this ad with too many exclamation points. This letter is punctuated with dashes to emphasize the key points.
2. to add emphasis to one's speaking by adding phrases, exclamations, or other devices. Her comments were punctuated with a few choice swear words. Tom punctuated his address with a few choice comments about politicians.
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Most tellingly in this respect, Cohen pauses for emphasis after saying, "the real truth is," and then underscores the morbidity of his subsequent words by using two of the intensifying facial punctuators discussed by Paul Ekman and Wallace Friesen (70)--an eyebrow raise on "kill" and a widening of the eyes on "be killed." Finally, as he completes this rather ominous admission, Cohen leans forward slightly, and his eyes briefly take on the hard, penetrating quality commonly associated with anger (Ekman & Friesen 83).
She then addresses the differences between auditory punctuators, visual punctuators, and grammatical/syntactical punctuators.