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



    BrE BrE//mɑːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrk//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mark
    BrE BrE//mɑːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrk//
    he / she / it marks
    BrE BrE//mɑːks//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrks//
    past simple marked
    BrE BrE//mɑːkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrkt//
    past participle marked
    BrE BrE//mɑːkt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɑːrkt//
    -ing form marking
    BrE BrE//ˈmɑːkɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɑːrkɪŋ//
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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 have you marked 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 spoilt 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 has been 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 government policy. The agreement marks a new phase in international relations.
  10. give mark/grade
  11. 6  [transitive, intransitive] mark (something) (especially British English) to give marks to students’ work I hate marking exam papers. I spend at least six hours a week marking. compare grade See related entries: Exams and assessment, Teaching and learning, School life
  12. give particular quality
  13. 7[transitive, usually passive] (formal) to give somebody/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 somebody to pay careful attention to something mark something There'll be trouble over this, mark my words. mark what, how, etc… You mark what I say, John.
  16. in sport
  17. 9[transitive] mark somebody (in a team game) to stay close to an opponent in order to prevent them from getting the ball Hughes was marking Taylor. Our defence had him closely marked. see also marking
  18. Word Originverb Old English mearc, gemerce (noun), mearcian (verb), of Germanic origin; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin margo ‘margin’.Extra examples ‘Lyrical Ballads’ conveniently marks the beginning of nineteenth-century poetry. All buildings are marked on the map. Certain words were marked as important. Christianity has indelibly marked the culture and consciousness of Europe. Mark the position of all the building sites in black. Members of the club officially marked the occasion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. My room was clearly marked on the plan. She carefully marked where the screws were to go. Some of the crates were marked for export. The boundary was marked with a dotted line. The paperweight had fallen onto the desk, badly marking the surface. The town is still deeply marked by the folk memory of the Depression. The wedding ceremony publicly marks the beginning of commitment to another through marriage. This speech appears to mark a change in government policy. I spent the whole vacation marking exam papers. If you don’t hand your homework in on time I won’t mark it. Most teachers spend at least two hours a day marking. She was marked down for bad spelling. Sorry, I should have marked that right. You can be marked up if your writing shows particular creativity.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 forwards
    (old-fashioned, informal, especially British English) used to remind somebody of something they should consider in a particular case She hasn't had much success yet. Mark you, she tries hard.
    Phrasal Verbsmark somebody downmark somethingdownmark somebody down as somethingmark somebody offmark somethingoffmark somethingoutmark somebody out as somethingmark somethingup
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