Nearby words

  1. marivaux, pierre carlet de chamblain de,
  2. mariánské lázně,
  3. marjolaine,
  4. marjoram,
  5. marjory,
  6. mark antony,
  7. mark down,
  8. mark my words,
  9. mark of the beast,
  10. mark time


Origin of mark

before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English mearc mark, sign, banner, dividing line, borderland; cognate with German Mark borderland, unit of weight, Old Norse mǫrk forest (orig., borderland), unit of weight, Gothic marka boundary, borderland, Latin margō margin; (v.) Middle English marken, Old English mearcian; cognate with Old Frisian merkia, Old High German marchōn, Old Norse marka to plan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for mark up


noun New Testament

one of the four Evangelists. Feast day: April 25
the second Gospel, traditionally ascribed to him




a visible impression, stain, etc, on a surface, such as a spot or scratch
a sign, symbol, or other indication that distinguishes somethingan owner's mark
a cross or other symbol made instead of a signature
a written or printed sign or symbol, as for punctuationa question mark
a letter, number, or percentage used to grade academic work
a thing that indicates position or directs; marker
a desired or recognized standardhe is not up to the mark
an indication of some quality, feature, or prowesshe has the mark of an athlete
quality or importance; notea person of little mark
a target or goal
impression or influencehe left his mark on German literature
one of the temperature settings on a gas ovengas mark 5
(often capital) (in trade names)
  1. model, brand, or typethe car is a Mark 4
  2. a variation on a particular modela Mark 3 Cortina
slang a suitable victim, esp for swindling
nautical one of the intervals distinctively marked on a sounding leadCompare 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 distinguishhis 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 markto mark someone as a criminal
(tr) to put identifying or designating labels, stamps, etc, on, esp to indicate priceto mark the book at one pound
(tr) to pay heed or attention tomark 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
mark time
  1. to move the feet alternately as in marching but without advancing
  2. to act in a mechanical and routine way
  3. to halt progress temporarily, while awaiting developments


rugby Union the shout given by a player when calling for a mark
See also markdown, mark-up

Word Origin for mark

Old English mearc mark; related to Old Norse mörk boundary land, Old High German marha boundary, Latin margō margin




a former monetary unit and coin in England and Scotland worth two thirds of a pound sterling
a silver coin of Germany until 1924

Word Origin for mark

Old English marc unit of weight of precious metal, perhaps from the marks on metal bars; apparently of Germanic origin and related to mark 1

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Word Origin and History for mark up
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Medicine definitions for mark up




A spot or line on a surface, visible through difference in color or elevation from that of the surrounding area.
A distinctive trait or property.


To make a visible trace or impression on, as occurs with a spot or dent.
To form, make, or depict by making a mark.
To distinguish or characterize.

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Idioms and Phrases with mark up

mark up


Deface by drawing, cutting, or another means of covering something with marks. For example, John was punished for marking up his desk, or These shoes really mark up the floor.


Raise the price of something, as in This small shop marks up its merchandise much more than department stores do. [Second half of 1800s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with mark

  • mark down
  • marked man, a
  • mark my words
  • mark time
  • mark up

also see:

  • 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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