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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theymark out
he/she/itmarks out
present participlemarking out
past tensemarked out
past participlemarked out
  1. 1

    mark out


    mark off

    to show that someone or something is different from others
    mark someone/something out as something:

    His talent has marked him out as one of the greatest runners ever.

  2. 2
    to show that someone or something will do something in the future
    mark someone/something out for something:

    It was the kind of singing voice that marks someone out for a professional career.

  3. 3
    to show the shape of something by drawing it on a surface

    The shape of the pond is marked out first with a spade.

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