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verb mark pronunciation in American English /mɑrk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemarking
past tensemarked
past participlemarked
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  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
      Shiny wooden surfaces tend to mark very easily.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to write or draw words, letters, symbols, etc. on something for a particular purpose
    We entered through a door marked “Private.”
    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 students work and write a grade on it
    I spent the evening marking freshman term papers.
  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 American 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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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