1 mark /ˈmɑɚk/ noun
plural marks
1 mark
plural marks
Learner's definition of MARK
: a small area on the surface of something that is dirty, damaged, etc.
see also black mark
: an area of something (such as an animal's fur or skin) that is a different color from the area around it
see also birthmark, strawberry mark, stretch marks
: a written or printed shape or symbol see also punctuation mark
: a symbol or shape on something that identifies it, shows its quality, etc. see also landmark, postmark, trademark
: a cross made in place of a signature by someone who cannot read and write
[count] : something that shows how someone feels about something : a sign or indication of something
[count] : a quality or trait that is typical of a particular type of person or thing + of
[count] : a number or letter that indicates how a student has performed in a class or on a test : grade
often used figuratively
see also full marks
[singular] : a specified point or level
see also high-water mark
[count] : something that is aimed at or shot at : target
often used figuratively
[count] US : a person who is tricked into losing money or property
[count] : the line or place where a race starts

close to the mark

or near the mark
: fairly accurate : almost correct

leave/make a/your mark

: to do something that causes you to be remembered : to create a lasting or strong impression

miss its/the mark

: to fail or be wrong
see also 1mark 7 (above)

off the mark

or wide of the mark
: not accurate or correct : not achieving the desired result

quick/slow off the mark

: quick or slow to act or to understand something

up to the mark

: up to the usual standard of performance, quality, etc. : as good as usual usually used in negative statements
compare 3mark
2 mark /ˈmɑɚk/ verb
marks; marked; marking
2 mark
marks; marked; marking
Learner's definition of MARK
: to make or leave a visible mark on (something)
[+ object]
[no object]
[+ object]
: to write or make (a mark)
: to write a note about (something)
: to write or make a mark on (something)
also : to write on (something) in order to indicate what it is
: to write or put a mark around or near (something) so that it will be easily seen or noticed
[+ object]
: to indicate (a location, such as a location on a map) with a mark or symbol
: to put something on or near (a particular place) in order to find it later
of an animal : to leave urine, feces, body oils, etc., in (a place) as a signal to other animals
[+ object] : to be a typical feature or quality of (someone or something) : characterize often used as (be) marked
[+ object] : to have a permanent and usually bad effect on (someone or something)
: to give a mark to (a student or a student's work) : grade
[+ object]
[no object]
see also mark down (below)
[+ object]
: to be or occur at (a particular time)
: to indicate the occurrence of (an important event or time)
: to celebrate (an important event or time) by doing something
[+ object] : to show that (someone or something) is special or different in some way
see also mark out (below)

mark down

[phrasal verb]
mark down or mark (someone or something) down or mark down (someone or something) : to give a lower mark to (someone or something)
mark (something) down or mark down (something) : to give (something) a lower price
see also markdown

mark my words

used to tell someone to listen to and remember what you are saying

mark off

[phrasal verb]
mark (something) off or mark off (something)
: to make (an area) separate with a line, fence, etc.

mark out

[phrasal verb]
mark (something) out or mark out (something) : to draw lines around (something) so that it can be clearly seen
mark (something) out or mark out (something) : to plan the details of (a course of action)
mark (someone or something) out or mark out (someone or something) chiefly British : to show that (someone or something) is special or different in some way

mark time

: to move your feet up and down like someone who is marching but without moving forward
: to live without doing much while you wait for something to happen

mark up

[phrasal verb]
mark (something) up or mark up (something) : to make marks and write comments in or on (something)
mark (something) up or mark up (something) : to give (something) a higher price
see also markup

mark you

British, old-fashioned
used in speech to give stress to a statement that you are making so that a preceding or following statement will not be misunderstood
see also marked
3 mark /ˈmɑɚk/ noun
plural marks
3 mark
plural marks
Learner's definition of MARK
compare 1mark
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