Mark - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |mɑːrk|  American pronunciation of the word mark
Brit.  |mɑːk|  British pronunciation of the word mark


- a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance) (syn: grade, score)
she made good marks in algebra
- a distinguishing symbol (syn: marker, marking)
The owner's mark was on all the sheep.
- a reference point to shoot at (syn: target)
his arrow hit the mark
- a visible indication made on a surface (syn: print)
some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks
- the impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember
it was in London that he made his mark
he left an indelible mark on the American theater
- a symbol of disgrace or infamy (syn: brand, stain, stigma)
And the Lord set a mark upon Cain
- formerly the basic unit of money in Germany
- Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel
- a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of (syn: chump, fool, gull, mug, patsy, sucker)
- a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)
his answer was just a punctuation mark
- a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened) (syn: sign)
- the shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament
- an indication of damage (syn: scar, scrape, scratch)
- a marking that consists of lines that cross each other (syn: crisscross, cross)
- something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal
hit the mark


- attach a tag or label to (syn: label, tag)
- designate as if by a mark
This sign marks the border
- be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense (syn: differentiate, distinguish)
- celebrate by some ceremony or observation (syn: commemorate)
The citizens mark the anniversary of the revolution with a march and a parade
- make or leave a mark on
the scouts marked the trail
ash marked the believers' foreheads
- to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful (syn: brand, denounce, stigmatize)
- notice or perceive (syn: note, notice)
mark my words
- mark with a scar (syn: pit, pock, scar)
- make small marks into the surface of (syn: nock, score)
- establish as the highest level or best performance (syn: set)
- make underscoring marks (syn: score)
- remove from a list (syn: cross off, cross out, strike off, strike out)
- put a check mark on or near or next to (syn: check, mark off, tick, tick off)
mark off the units
- assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation (syn: grade, score)
mark homework
- insert punctuation marks into (syn: punctuate)

Extra examples

Any little bit of dirt will mark that fabric.

Be careful not to mark the floor with your shoes.

She marked an “X” on each box.

I have marked the event on my calendar.

She marked each box with an “X.”

X marks the spot where the suspect was last seen.

Use a bookmark to mark your place.

We put some tape on the floor to mark where the tables should go.

The dog marked the base of the tree by urinating.

They will leave their mark in history.

Life without intelligence is a possible mark of an animal.

If that was meant to be an apology, your words were way off the mark.

Despite the fact that he was an expert rifleman, he did not hit the mark.

Do not look from the mark to the arrow and back again.

The employee's work has been below the mark this week.

Phrasal verbs

mark down  — reduce the price of
mark off  — set boundaries to and delimit
mark out  — set boundaries to and delimit
mark up  — increase the price of

Word forms

I/you/we/they: mark
he/she/it: marks
present participle: marking
past tense: marked
past participle: marked
singular: mark
plural: marks
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