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. 1 to 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