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Definition of earmark verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

earmark

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɪəmɑːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrmɑːrk//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they earmark
BrE BrE//ˈɪəmɑːk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrmɑːrk//
 
he / she / it earmarks
BrE BrE//ˈɪəmɑːks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrmɑːrks//
 
past simple earmarked
BrE BrE//ˈɪəmɑːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrmɑːrkt//
 
past participle earmarked
BrE BrE//ˈɪəmɑːkt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrmɑːrkt//
 
-ing form earmarking
BrE BrE//ˈɪəmɑːkɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪrmɑːrkɪŋ//
 
 
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[usually passive] to decide that something will be used for a particular purpose, or to state that something will happen to somebody/something in the future earmark somebody/something (for somebody/something) The money had been earmarked for spending on new school buildings. The factory has been earmarked for closure. earmark somebody/something (as somebody/something) She was earmarked early as a possible champion.
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