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verb     mark pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemarking
past tensemarked
past participlemarked
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make a mark on the surface of something so that its appearance is spoiled or damaged
    be marked with something:

    Her cheek was marked with scratches.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if something marks, its appearance becomes spoiled or damaged by a mark made on its surface
  2. 2
    [transitive] to write or draw words, letters, symbols etc on something for a particular purpose

    We entered through a door markedPrivate’.

    mark something with something:

    Foods marked with a red star are included in the recipe section.

    mark something on something:

    His job is to mark lines on roads.

    mark someone (as) absent/present:

    Anyone who is late will be marked absent.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] British to judge the quality of a student’s work and write a mark on it

    I spent the evening marking first-year essays.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to show the position of something

    A memorial plaque will mark the spot where he died.

    A high stone wall marked the boundary of the Roscarrock estate.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to show that something is happening

    The book marked a change in direction for Scottish literature.

    mark the start/end of something:

    This tournament marks the official start of the season.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to be an important or typical feature of someone or something

    He maintained the humble attitude that has always marked his public appearances.

    be marked by something:

    Public gatherings were generally marked by restraint and control.

  7. 7
    [transitive] to celebrate something

    A ceremony was held to mark the occasion.

  8. 8
    [transitive] to stay close to a member of the other team in a game such as football in order to prevent them from getting the ball or playing effectively
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