[ mahrkt ]
/ mɑrkt /
strikingly noticeable; conspicuous: with marked success.
watched as an object of suspicion or vengeance: a marked man.
having a mark or marks: beautifully marked birds; to read the marked pages.
- (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).
Words nearby marked
OTHER WORDS FROM markedmark·ed·ly [mahr-kid-lee] /ˈmɑr kɪd li/, adverbmark·ed·ness, nounhalf-marked, adjectivewell-marked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for markedness
/ (mɑːkt) /
obvious, evident, or noticeable
singled out, esp for punishment, killing, etca marked man
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 markedmarkedly (ˈmɑːkɪdlɪ), adverbmarkedness, noun
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