- (of a phoneme) characterized by the presence of a phonological feature that serves to distinguish it from an otherwise similar phoneme lacking that feature, as (d), which, in contrast to (t), is characterized by the presence of voicing.
- characterized by the presence of a marker indicating the grammatical function of a construction, as the plural in English, which, in contrast to the singular, is typically indicated by the presence of the marker -s.
- specifying an additional element of meaning, in contrast to a semantically related item, as drake in contrast to duck, where drake specifies “male” while duck does not necessarily specify sex.
- occurring less typically than an alternative form, as the word order in Down he fell in contrast to the more usual order of He fell down.Compare unmarked(def 2).
- marked man, a,
- marker trait,
Origin of marked
- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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).
Origin of mark1
Examples from the Web for marked
The Via Dolorosa ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and is marked by nine stations of the cross.
The results were awful: marked osteoporosis in the spine, hip, and femur.
The coming anniversary is marked by little stickers that say “We remember” or “We are human too,” but little else.Where Chechens Go to Escape Their Surreal Past—and Risky Present|Anna Nemtsova|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Siege of Boston marked the opening phase of the American Revolution.The British Royals Reinvade Brooklyn: William and Kate Come Watch Basketball on Historic Battle Site|Justin Jones|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So what piece could have so passionately enraged this caller that I was marked for death?A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat|Annie Gaus|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They had been naturally attracted and pleased by his marked social qualities and characteristics.Blood Royal|Grant Allen
Many of these were marked while they were still small so that their approximate ages are known.Field Study of Kansas Ant-Eating Frog|Henry S. Fitch
The governorship of Theodore Roosevelt was marked by a deal of fine constructive legislation and administration.Theodore Roosevelt and His Times|Harold Howland
The servant who fetched him was marked as a girl well known on the stand.Armadale|Wilkie Collins
And as she carried the attempt too far, I got angry, and heating with a charm the prongs of my trident, I marked her on the loins.The Kath Sarit Sgara|Somadeva Bhatta
noun New Testament
- model, brand, or typethe car is a Mark 4
- a variation on a particular modela Mark 3 Cortina
- 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
Word Origin for mark
Word Origin for mark
"having a mark," Old English gemearcodan (see mark (v.)). Meaning "clearly defined" (pronounced as two syllables) is from 1795. Related: Markedly. Marked man "one who is watched with hostile intent" is from 1769.
"to put a mark on," Old English mearcian (West Saxon), merciga (Anglian) "to trace out boundaries," from Proto-Germanic *markojanan (cf. Old Norse merkja, Old Saxon markon, Old Frisian merkia, Old High German marchon, German merken "to mark, note," Middle Dutch and Dutch merken), from the root of mark (n.1).
Influenced by Scandinavian cognates. Meaning "to have a mark" is from c.1400; that of "to notice, observe" is late 14c. Meaning "to put a numerical price on an object for sale" led to verbal phrase mark down (1859). Mark time (1833) is from military drill. Related: Marked; marking. Old French merchier "to mark, note, stamp, brand" is a Germanic loan-word.
"trace, impression," Old English mearc (West Saxon), merc (Mercian) "boundary, sign, limit, mark," from Proto-Germanic *marko (cf. Old Norse merki "boundary, sign," mörk "forest," which often marked a frontier; Old Frisian merke, Gothic marka "boundary, frontier," Dutch merk "mark, brand," German Mark "boundary, boundary land"), from PIE *merg- "edge, boundary, border" (cf. Latin margo "margin;" Avestan mareza- "border," Old Irish mruig, Irish bruig "borderland," Welsh bro "district").
The primary sense is probably "boundary," which had evolved by Old English through "sign of a boundary," through "sign in general," then to "impression or trace forming a sign." Meaning "any visible trace or impression" first recorded c.1200. Sense of "line drawn to indicate starting point of a race" (e.g. on your marks ...) first attested 1887. The Middle English sense of "target" (c.1200) is the notion in marksman and slang sense "victim of a swindle" (1883). The notion of "sign, token" is behind the meaning "numerical award given by a teacher" (1829). Influenced by Scandinavian cognates.
"unit of money or weight," late Old English marc, a unit of weight (chiefly for gold or silver) equal to about eight ounces, probably from Old Norse mörk "unit of weight," cognate with German Mark, probably ultimately a derivative of mark (n.1), perhaps in sense of "imprinted weight or coin." Used from 18c. in reference to various continental coinages, especially. the silver coin of Germany first issued 1875.
masc. proper name, variant of Marcus (q.v.). Among the top 10 names given to boy babies born in the U.S. between 1955 and 1970.
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