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verb [I or T] (DAMAGE/MAKE DIRTY)    /mɑːk/ US  /mɑːrk/
C1 to make a mark on something or someone: Make sure you don't mark the paintwork while you're moving the furniture around. A dark carpet won't mark as easily as a light one.Making things dirty and untidy
(Definition of mark verb (DAMAGE/MAKE DIRTY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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