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Definition of earmark verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[usually passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they earmark
he / she / it earmarks
past simple earmarked
-ing form earmarking
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to decide that something will be used for a particular purpose, or to state that something will happen to someone or something in the future earmark somebody/something (for somebody/something) The money had been earmarked to be spent 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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