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[mahrkt] /mɑrkt/
strikingly noticeable; conspicuous:
with marked success.
watched as an object of suspicion or vengeance:
a marked man.
having a mark or marks:
beautifully marked birds; to read the marked pages.
  1. (of a phoneme) characterized by the presence of a phonological feature that serves to distinguish it from an otherwise similar phoneme lacking that feature, as (d), which, in contrast to (t), is characterized by the presence of voicing.
  2. characterized by the presence of a marker indicating the grammatical function of a construction, as the plural in English, which, in contrast to the singular, is typically indicated by the presence of the marker -s.
  3. specifying an additional element of meaning, in contrast to a semantically related item, as drake in contrast to duck, where drake specifies “male” while duck does not necessarily specify sex.
  4. occurring less typically than an alternative form, as the word order in Down he fell in contrast to the more usual order of He fell down.
    Compare unmarked (def 2).
Origin of marked
Middle English; Old English gemearcod; see mark1, -ed2
Related forms
[mahr-kid-lee] /ˈmɑr kɪd li/ (Show IPA),
markedness, noun
half-marked, adjective
well-marked, adjective
1. striking, outstanding, obvious, prominent. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for markedly


obvious, evident, or noticeable
singled out, esp for punishment, killing, etc: a marked man
(linguistics) distinguished by a specific feature, as in phonology. For example, of the two phonemes /t/ and /d/, the /d/ is marked because it exhibits the feature of voice
Derived Forms
markedly (ˈmɑːkɪdlɪ) adverb
markedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for markedly

1799, from marked + -ly (2). "A favorite 19th c. adverb" [OED].



"having a mark," Old English gemearcodan (see mark (v.)). Meaning "clearly defined" (pronounced as two syllables) is from 1795. Related: Markedly. Marked man "one who is watched with hostile intent" is from 1769.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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