mark - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    an area of an unpleasant substance such as dirt or oil on the surface of something that is different in colour from the rest

    There was a greasy mark on his shirt.

    leave a mark (on something):

    The sauce has left a mark on the cloth.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      a damaged area on the surface of something
      a burn/scorch/bite/scuff/scratch mark:

      There were burn marks on her hands.

    2. b.
      an area of colour on something such as a person’s or animal’s skin that is different in colour from the rest

      The male bird has a white mark on its breast.

  2. 2
    British a score in the form of a number, percentage, or letter that a teacher gives a student’s work. The American word is grade

    My worst mark was a D.

    mark for/in:

    What were his marks for the last test?

    give someone/get a high/low/good/poor mark:

    You can’t afford to get another low mark in Spanish.

    top marks (=the highest mark):

    She got top marks for history.

  3. 3
    a particular level, stage, total etc that something reaches
    the halfway mark:

    Chicago was the halfway mark on our trip across the country.

    reach a mark:

    Average earnings have not yet reached the £25,000 mark.

  4. 4
    a printed or written symbol that is not a letter or a number

    The mark above the vowel changes its sound.

    Put a mark by the names of the most interesting candidates.

    1. a.
      the symbol X that someone who does not know how to write puts instead of their name on a document
  5. 5
    something that shows that a person or thing has a particular quality
    mark of:

    The mark of a good film is that it leaves you talking about it.

    a mark of respect:

    The race was postponed as a mark of respect.

  6. 6
    the unit of money used in Germany before the euro
  7. 7
    an official sign on something that shows who made it, who it belongs to, or that it is of a particular standard or quality
    carry a mark (=have a mark on it):

    We suggest you only buy toys that carry the safety mark.

  8. 8
    the place that you try to hit
    find/hit your mark:

    His third shot found its mark.

    miss your mark:

    The bullet missed its mark, embedding itself in a tree.

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