Point out Definition. Point out Synonyms: Point to, Draw attention


Point out

The vast majority of phrasal verbs contain a verb and a preposition. There are some cases where a phrasal verb is formed by a verb and an adverb. Point out  has a transitive verb, point, and an adverb, out.

Point out a phrasal verb that is usually used in two forms. One, to point something out and two, to point somebody out.

Meaning of Point out:

When we want to tell somebody something or inform them of something, usually something we think they don’t know we will use point out.

  • I want to point out that I have also been on time every day without exception.

We can also use point out to show someone thing or identify someone.

  • The woman pointed out the man from the police line up as the one who stole her bag.


Jim: Hi Sigmund. Great presentation today.

Sigmund: Thanks Jim. What did you like best about it.

Jim: Firstly, I like the way you pointed out the need for more employee engagement.

Sigmund: Yes. It is important and I also wanted to point out that without the employee engagement we would continue to have a high turnover rate.

Jim: Yes, absolutely. You also pointed out something I didn’t know. Specifically, that supervisors who do not feel engaged, do not engage their staff.

Sigmund: Yes. This was something that was pointed out to me from Silvia in HR. 

Jim: Really?

Sigmund: Yes she point out some research she conducted in her previous company and it correlates well to other findings.


Veronica: Hey Jill, I am looking for a guy by the name of Phil? 

Jill: Yes, sure. Let me point him out to you. He is right over there next to the window.

Veronica: Great thanks! Also, can you point out a Brenda?

Jill: Sure. You see where I pointed Phil out? She is sitting three rows behind Phil next to the window as well.

Veronica: Fantastic! Last thing. Can you point out where the washrooms are on this floor?

Jill: Ha Ha. Nope I can’t point those out for you.

Veronica: How come?

Jill: Because there are none. They are only on the odd numbered floors.

Related Phrases & Phrasal Verbs:

Get a cross – when we use get a across in the context of point out we are expressing that someone is able to make someone understand or believe something.

  •  I want to point out that we were able to get our point across and still keep a working relationship with them.

Go into detail – to explain or express something or information in a complete manner.

  • We went into detail so that we could point out clearly the facts in the case.

Put into plain English – when we put things in plain English we are expressing things in simple and common English phrases.

  • I am going to point this out to you in plain English, so there is no misunderstanding.

Draw attention to – when we draw people’s attention to something or someone we are making them aware of someone or something.

  • I want to draw your attention to the man standing by the park and point out that he is not supposed to be in the picture.

Call attention to – in the context of point out we use this phrase to make someone notice and/or think about a person, place, or thing.

  • She was able to call people’s attention to the human rights abuses and also point out that many have turned a blind eye to the problem.

Bring attention to – in the context of point out we would use this phrase to make someone aware or to inform them of something, usually a problem.

  • I want to bring everyone’s attention to the possibility of a terrorist attack.  If you see anything or anyone suspicious please point it out to the police immediately.

Give prominence to – this is a more formal phrase that is used to identify or treat someone or something (information) in a special and important manner.

  • She gave special prominence to the issue of environmental pollution and pointed out that unless we continued to reduce Co2 emissions we would see catastrophic problems.

Point to – this is similar point out except that point to means to express the truth or importance of something.

  • She pointed to the evidence and pointed out that he has a previous criminal record.

Related idioms:

Throw light upon – this is a phrase to express making something more understandable.

Synonyms (other ways to say):

Point to

Draw attention

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