a visible impression or trace on something, such as a line, cut, dent, stain, or bruise: The dye left a small mark on his arm.
a badge, brand, or other visible sign assumed or imposed: He carried the banner as a mark of his noble rank.
a symbol used in writing or printing: a punctuation mark.
a sign, usually an X or cross, made instead of a signature by someone who does not know how or is unable to write their own name.
an affixed or impressed device, symbol, inscription, etc., serving to give information, identify, indicate origin or ownership, attest to character or comparative merit, or the like, as a trademark.
a sign, token, or indication: The ambassador should bow as a mark of respect when meeting the queen.
a symbol used in rating conduct, proficiency, attainment, etc., as of students in a school: good marks; bad marks.
something serving as an indication of position, as a landmark.
a recognized or required standard of quality, accomplishment, etc.; norm: His dissertation was below the mark.
distinction or importance; repute; note: a man of mark.
a distinctive trait or characteristic: the usual marks of a gentleman.
(usually initial capital letter)U.S. Military. a designation for an item of military equipment in production, used in combination with a numeral to indicate the order of adoption, and often abbreviated: a Mark-4 tank; an M-1 rifle.
an object aimed at; target: to aim at the mark.
an object or end desired or striven for; goal.
an object of derision, scorn, manipulation, or the like: He was an easy mark for criticism.
the intended victim of a swindler, hustler, or the like: The cardsharps picked their marks from among the tourists on the cruise ship.
Track. the starting line.
Boxing. the middle of the stomach.
Lawn Bowling. jack1 (def. 18).
Bowling. a strike or spare.
Nautical. any of the distinctively marked points on a deep-sea lead line, occurring at levels of 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15, 17, and 20 fathoms above the lead.: Compare deep (def. 33).
a tract of land that may have been held in common by a primitive or early medieval community of peasants in Germany.
Archaic or History/Historical. a boundary; frontier.
to be a distinguishing feature of: a day marked by rain.
to put a mark or marks on: to mark each box with an X.
to give a grade for; put a grade on: to mark the final exams.
to furnish with figures, signs, tags, etc., to indicate price, quality, brand name, or the like: We marked all the books with prices.
to trace or form by or as if by marks (often followed by out): to mark out a plan of attack.
to indicate or designate by or as if by marks: to mark passages to be memorized.
to single out; destine (often followed by out): to be marked out for promotion.
to record, as a score.
to make manifest: to mark approval with a nod.
to give heed or attention to: Mark my words!
to notice or observe: to mark a change in the weather.
to take notice; give attention; consider.
mark down, to reduce the price of: These towels have been marked down.
mark off, to mark the proper dimensions or boundaries of; separate: We marked off the limits of our lot with stakes.
to mar or deface with marks.
to mark with notations or symbols.
to fix the selling price of (an article) by adding to the seller's cost an amount to cover expenses and profit: to mark up dresses 50 percent.
to increase the selling price of.
to make corrections or changes to (written or printed text).
to indicate detailed instructions concerning the format, style, or structure for (a manuscript to be typeset, an electronic document, or a web page).
Idioms about mark
beside the mark, not pertinent; irrelevant.
bless / save the mark! (used as an exclamation of disapproval, contempt, impatience, etc.): Also God bless / save the mark!
make one's mark, to attain success or fame; achieve one's ambition: He set out to make his mark as a writer.
mark time. time (def. 55).
on your mark / marks! (in calling the start of a race) take your places: On your mark! Get set! Go!: Also get ready!, ready!
wide of the mark, far from the target or objective; inaccurate or irrelevant: My first guess was wide of the mark.
Other definitions for mark (2 of 3)
the markka of Finland.
Also Chiefly Scot., merk [merk] /mɛrk/ . a former money of account and silver coin of Scotland, equal to 13s. 4d.
a former money of account of England, equal to 13s. 4d.
a former coin of Estonia, the 1/100 part of a kroon: replaced by the sent after 1927.
a former European unit of weight, especially for gold and silver, generally equal to 8 ounces (249 grams).
Other definitions for Mark (3 of 3)
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How to use mark in a sentence
A good approach is to start with a few desks that get the highest marks from reviewers, and then evaluate those based on your own personal preferences and requirements.Best adjustable desks: Stand or sit with double-duty office furniture | PopSci Commerce Team | February 26, 2021 | Popular-Science
By reaching those marks, he became the franchise’s first player to drop at least 40 points and 10 assists since Tiny Archibald nearly 50 years ago.De’Aaron Fox Isn’t An All-Star, But He’s Taken The Leap | James L. Jackson | February 25, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
That helped show, if nothing else, there was some life left in Roethlisberger’s arm, which was a major question mark at the start of the season.Steelers say they want to bring Ben Roethlisberger back, although contract remains an issue | Des Bieler | February 24, 2021 | Washington Post
Facebook has considered the YPG page politically sensitive since at least 2015, emails show, when officials discovered the page was inaccurately marked as verified with a blue check mark.Sheryl Sandberg and Top Facebook Execs Silenced an Enemy of Turkey to Prevent a Hit to the Company’s Business | by Jack Gillum and Justin Elliott | February 24, 2021 | ProPublica
Since the Vegas Golden Knights joined the league in 2017-18, research has shown luck and talent converge and carry equal impact on the standings at the 56-game mark.A switch to points percentage for NHL playoff seeding could cause chaos | Neil Greenberg | February 19, 2021 | Washington Post
Toomey lives here with her husband, mark, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, and their two daughters.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze | Lizzie Crocker | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
At some point, show creator mark Burnett made the diabolical decision to extend the show to 120 minutes.Donald Trump Fires Woman For Not Calling Bill Cosby | Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They selected an “easy mark” who turned out to be an off-duty NYC Housing Authority cop named James Carragher.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside | Justin Rohrlich | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Even those Christians who do want to minister amid the rancor of race and policing are missing the mark.
But for the real mark Schultz, whom Tatum plays in the film Foxcatcher, it has become a sore point.Wrestler Mark Schultz Hates the ‘Sickening and Insulting Lies’ of ‘Foxcatcher’ | Rich Goldstein | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We are so many around here that you'll have to get paper and pencil and mark us down to keep track of how many.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
"He's been counting the days till you got home, mark," said Tim, holding a burning match over my pipe.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
Track of the count may be kept by placing a mark for each leukocyte in its appropriate column, ruled upon paper.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Last night again there was all sorts of firing and fighting going on, throughout those hours peaceful citizens ear-mark for sleep.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Personally, the English do not attract nor shine; but collectively they are a race to make their mark on the destinies of mankind.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
British Dictionary definitions for mark (1 of 3)
a visible impression, stain, etc, on a surface, such as a spot or scratch
a sign, symbol, or other indication that distinguishes something: an owner's mark
a cross or other symbol made instead of a signature
a written or printed sign or symbol, as for punctuation: a question mark
a letter, number, or percentage used to grade academic work
a thing that indicates position or directs; marker
a desired or recognized standard: he is not up to the mark
an indication of some quality, feature, or prowess: he has the mark of an athlete
quality or importance; note: a person of little mark
a target or goal
impression or influence: he left his mark on German literature
one of the temperature settings on a gas oven: gas mark 5
(often capital) (in trade names)
model, brand, or type: the car is a Mark 4
a variation on a particular model: a Mark 3 Cortina
slang a suitable victim, esp for swindling
nautical one of the intervals distinctively marked on a sounding lead: Compare deep (def. 21)
bowls another name for the jack 1 (def. 7)
rugby Union an action in which a player standing inside his own 22m line catches a forward kick by an opponent and shouts "mark", entitling himself to a free kick
Australian rules football a catch of the ball from a kick of at least 10 yards, after which a free kick is taken
the mark boxing the middle of the stomach at or above the line made by the boxer's trunks
(in medieval England and Germany) a piece of land held in common by the free men of a community
an obsolete word for frontier
statistics See class mark
make one's mark to succeed or achieve recognition
on your mark or on your marks a command given to runners in a race to prepare themselves at the starting line
to make or receive (a visible impression, trace, or stain) on (a surface)
(tr) to characterize or distinguish: his face was marked by anger
(often foll by off or out) to set boundaries or limits (on): to mark out an area for negotiation
(tr) to select, designate, or doom by or as if by a mark: to mark someone as a criminal
(tr) to put identifying or designating labels, stamps, etc, on, esp to indicate price: to mark the book at one pound
(tr) to pay heed or attention to: mark my words
to observe; notice
to grade or evaluate (scholastic work): she marks fairly
British sport to stay close to (an opponent) to hamper his or her play
to keep (score) in some games
to move the feet alternately as in marching but without advancing
to act in a mechanical and routine way
to halt progress temporarily, while awaiting developments
rugby Union the shout given by a player when calling for a mark
British Dictionary definitions for mark (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for Mark (3 of 3)
one of the four Evangelists. Feast day: April 25
the second Gospel, traditionally ascribed to him
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Other Idioms and Phrases with mark
In addition to the idioms beginning with mark
- mark down
- marked man, a
- mark my words
- mark time
- mark up
- beside the point (mark)
- black mark
- give bad marks to
- high-water mark
- hit the bull's-eye (mark)
- make one's mark
- off the mark
- quick off the mark
- toe the line (mark)
- up to par (the mark)
- wide of the mark
- x marks the spot
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