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noun [countable] American English pronunciation: mark /mɑrk/ 
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pluralmarks
  1. 1
    an area of an unpleasant substance such as dirt or oil on the surface of something that is different in color 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.

    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. 2
    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 $40,000 mark.

  3. 3
    something that shows that a person or thing has a particular quality
    mark of:

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

    a mark of respect:

    The race was postponed as a mark of respect.

  4. 6
    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.

  5. 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 mark of the Safety Council.

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