[ mahrkt, for def. 1 also mahr-kid ]
See synonyms for: markedmarkedlymarkedness on

  1. strikingly noticeable; conspicuous: with marked success.

  2. watched as an object of suspicion or vengeance: a marked man.

  1. having a mark or marks: beautifully marked birds; to read the marked pages.

  2. Linguistics. : Compare unmarked (def. 2).

    • (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.

Origin of marked

Middle English; Old English gemearcod; see mark1, -ed2

Other words for marked

Other words from marked

  • mark·ed·ly [mahr-kid-lee], /ˈmɑr kɪd li/, adverb
  • mark·ed·ness, noun
  • half-marked, adjective
  • well-marked, adjective

Words Nearby marked Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use marked in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for marked


/ (mɑːkt) /

  1. obvious, evident, or noticeable

  2. singled out, esp for punishment, killing, etc: a marked man

  1. linguistics distinguished by a specific feature, as in phonology. For example, of the two phonemes /t/ and /d/, the /d/ is marked because it exhibits the feature of voice

Derived forms of marked

  • markedly (ˈmɑːkɪdlɪ), adverb
  • markedness, noun

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