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punt1

 
pronunciation:
puhnt
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: in football, a kick made by dropping the ball and then kicking it before it hits the ground. (Cf. drop kick, place kick.)
He launched an excellent punt that pinned the receiving team well back.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: punts, punting, punted
definition: to drop and then kick (a football) before it hits the ground.
The team punted the ball on the final down.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to punt a football.
It was fourth down and they decided to punt instead of taking any risks.
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derivation: punter (n.)