[ 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).
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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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