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[mahrk] /mɑrk/
a visible impression or trace on something, as a line, cut, dent, stain, or bruise:
a small mark on his arm.
a badge, brand, or other visible sign assumed or imposed:
a mark of his noble rank.
a symbol used in writing or printing:
a punctuation mark.
a sign, usually an X or cross, made instead of a signature by someone who does not know how or is unable to write his or her own name.
an affixed or impressed device, symbol, inscription, etc., serving to give information, identify, indicate origin or ownership, attest to character or comparative merit, or the like, as a trademark.
a sign, token, or indication:
to bow as a mark of respect.
a symbol used in rating conduct, proficiency, attainment, etc., as of pupils in a school:
good marks; bad marks.
something serving as an indication of position, as a landmark.
a recognized or required standard of quality, accomplishment, etc.; norm:
His dissertation was below the mark.
distinction or importance; repute; note:
a man of mark.
a distinctive trait or characteristic:
the usual marks of a gentleman.
(usually initial capital letter) U.S. Military. a designation for an item of military equipment in production, used in combination with a numeral to indicate the order of adoption, and often abbreviated:
a Mark-4 tank; an M-1 rifle.
an object aimed at; target:
to aim at the mark.
an object or end desired or striven for; goal.
  1. an object of derision, scorn, manipulation, or the like:
    He was an easy mark for criticism.
  2. the intended victim of a swindler, hustler, or the like:
    The cardsharps picked their marks from among the tourists on the cruise ship.
Track. the starting line.
Boxing. the middle of the stomach.
Lawn Bowling. jack1 (def 18).
Bowling. a strike or spare.
Nautical. any of the distinctively marked points on a deep-sea lead line, occurring at levels of 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15, 17, and 20 fathoms above the lead.
Compare deep (def 33).
a tract of land that may have been held in common by a primitive or early medieval community of peasants in Germany.
Archaic or History/Historical. a boundary; frontier.
verb (used with object)
to be a distinguishing feature of:
a day marked by rain.
to put a mark or marks on:
to mark each box with an X.
to give a grade for; put a grade on:
to mark the final exams.
scent-mark (def 2).
to furnish with figures, signs, tags, etc., to indicate price, quality, brand name, or the like:
We marked all the books with prices.
to trace or form by or as if by marks (often followed by out):
to mark out a plan of attack.
to indicate or designate by or as if by marks:
to mark passages to be memorized.
to single out; destine (often followed by out):
to be marked out for promotion.
to record, as a score.
to make manifest:
to mark approval with a nod.
to give heed or attention to:
Mark my words!
to notice or observe:
to mark a change in the weather.
verb (used without object)
to take notice; give attention; consider.
scent-mark (def 1).
Verb phrases
mark down, to reduce the price of:
These towels have been marked down.
mark off, to mark the proper dimensions or boundaries of; separate:
We marked off the limits of our lot with stakes.
mark up,
  1. to mar or deface with marks.
  2. to mark with notations or symbols.
  3. to fix the selling price of (an article) by adding to the seller's cost an amount to cover expenses and profit:
    to mark up dresses 50 percent.
  4. to increase the selling price of.
  5. to make corrections or changes to (written or printed text).
  6. to indicate detailed instructions concerning the format, style, or structure for (a manuscript to be typeset, an electronic document, or a Web page).
beside the mark, not pertinent; irrelevant.
bless / save the mark!, (used as an exclamation of disapproval, contempt, impatience, etc.)
Also, God bless/save the mark!
make one's mark, to attain success or fame; achieve one's ambition:
He set out to make his mark as a writer.
mark time. time (def 55).
on your mark / marks!, (in calling the start of a race) take your places:
On your mark! Get set! Go!
Also, get ready! ready!
wide of the mark, far from the target or objective; inaccurate or irrelevant:
My first guess was wide of the mark.
Origin of mark1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English mearc mark, sign, banner, dividing line, borderland; cognate with German Mark borderland, unit of weight, Old Norse mǫrk forest (orig., borderland), unit of weight, Gothic marka boundary, borderland, Latin margō margin; (v.) Middle English marken, Old English mearcian; cognate with Old Frisian merkia, Old High German marchōn, Old Norse marka to plan
10. eminence, consequence. 11. feature, stamp, print. 14. purpose, objective. 29. identify, label, tag. 32, 33. note. 34. eye, regard, spot. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Then let us make an expedition there when we have put our mark up on the shore," said Roger.

    Roger the Bold F. S. Brereton
  • Does it put a mark up for auction and see what the demand is like?

    If I May A. A. Milne
  • He thought it must have taken a lot of lambs to mark up all the doors!

    The Seeker Harry Leon Wilson
  • What has got to be done, therefore, is to force the Germans to lift the mark up again, and make them pay up their indemnity.

    My Discovery of England Stephen Leacock
  • They love their books so much that they think it nothing short of sacrilege to mark up a book.

  • He did say in a cross way, What for did you mark up my nice poker-chips with your old pictures?

    The Story of Opal Opal Whiteley
  • They can mark up the price of their property to meet changing standards.

  • The clerks all knocked off their regular work and started in to mark up prices.

  • The express delivers its bullet accurately point-blank—the bullet flies straight to its mark up to a certain distance.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • Then with the point of a fine folder that will indent, but not cut the paper, mark up as shown in fig. 103.

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