Earmark - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɪrmɑːrk|  American pronunciation of the word earmark
Brit.  |ˈɪəmɑːk|  British pronunciation of the word earmark


- identification mark on the ear of a domestic animal
- a distinctive characteristic or attribute (syn: hallmark, stylemark, trademark)


- give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause(syn: allow, appropriate, reserve)


The project uses funds that had been earmarked for education.

...the earnings from my second job have been earmarked for a down payment on a car...

The story I just heard has all the earmarks of an urban legend.

The Hawaiian fauna has all the earmarks of that of an oceanic island.

The pit has been earmarked for closure.

We have earmarked a quarter of the money for the children's hospital.

85% of foreign aid is earmarked by Congress for specific purposes.

He had been earmarked as a potential leader.

I will earmark this money for your research

...the company's penurious management could not be convinced of the need to earmark more money for research and development...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: earmark
he/she/it: earmarks
present participle: earmarking
past tense: earmarked
past participle: earmarked
singular: earmark
plural: earmarks
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