American English

Definition of mark verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mark
    he / she / it marks
    past simple marked
    -ing form marking
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  1. 1[transitive] to write or draw a symbol, line, etc. on something in order to give information about it mark A (with B) Items marked with an asterisk can be omitted. mark B on A Prices are marked on the goods. mark somebody/something + adj. The teacher marked her absent (= made a mark by her name to show that she was absent). Why did you mark this wrong? Do not open any mail marked “Confidential.”
  2. spoil/damage
  3. 2[transitive, intransitive] mark (something) to make a mark on something in a way that spoils or damages it; to become spoiled or damaged in this way A large purple scar marked his cheek. The surfaces are made from a material that doesn't mark.
  4. show position
  5. 3[transitive] mark something to show the position of something synonym indicate The cross marks the spot where the body was found. The route is marked in red.
  6. celebrate
  7. 4[transitive] mark something to celebrate or officially remember an event that you consider to be important a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the end of the war
  8. show change
  9. 5[transitive] mark something to be a sign that something new is going to happen This speech may mark a change in the country's monetary policy. The agreement marks a new phase in international relations.
  10. give mark/grade
  11. 6[transitive] mark (something) to give marks to students' work I hate marking papers. compare grade
  12. give particular quality
  13. 7[transitive, usually passive] (formal) to give someone or something a particular quality or character synonym characterize mark somebody/something a life marked by suffering mark somebody/something as something He was marked as an enemy of the poor.
  14. pay attention
  15. 8[transitive] (old-fashioned) used to tell someone to pay careful attention to something mark something There'll be trouble over this,mark my words.
  16. Idioms
    1. 1to pass the time while you wait for something more interesting I'm just marking time in this job—I'm hoping to get into journalism.
    2. 2(of soldiers) to make marching movements without moving forward
    Phrasal Verbsmark somethingdownmark somethingoffmark somethingoutmark somethingup
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mark