earmark Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “earmark” in the English Dictionary

"earmark" in British English

See all translations

earmarkverb [T often passive]

uk   /ˈɪə.mɑːk/  us   /ˈɪr.mɑːrk/
to ​keep or ​intend something for a ​particularpurpose: Five ​billiondollars of this year's ​budget is already earmarked forhospitalimprovements.
(Definition of earmark from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"earmark" in American English

See all translations

earmarkverb [T]

 us   /ˈɪər·mɑrk/
to ​intend something for a ​particularpurpose: Ten thousand ​dollars of this year’s ​budget is earmarked for the ​renovation of the ​building.
(Definition of earmark from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"earmark" in Business English

See all translations

earmarknoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈɪəmɑːk/
US LAW, POLITICS in the US, a ​legalrequest that is ​added to a ​law to make sure that an ​amount of ​money from the US Congress’sbudget is ​spent on a particular ​project: Members of the Party used the 111th ​Congress to ​request hundreds of earmarks that ​added more than $1 ​billion to the ​federalbudget. Earmarks often ​result in the ​expenditure of large ​sums of ​taxpayermoney to ​help a ​limitednumber of ​people.
US LAW, POLITICS an ​amount of ​money from the US Congress’sbudget to be ​spent on a particular ​project: A senator obtained an earmark of $1.5 million last ​year to ​deal with a beetle that attacks trees, lawns, and ​crops.
a characteristic or ​feature that is typical of a ​person or thing: He said the ​plan had all the earmarks of an ​economicdisaster because it would ​increasecustomercosts.

earmarkverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈɪəmɑːk/
to ​keep or ​plan to use something for a particular ​purpose: earmark sth for sth The ​money had been earmarked for ​airportimprovements.earmark sth as sth Africa was earmarked as a ​growtharea.earmark sth to do sth Around 100 ​stores are earmarked to be ​sold.
(Definition of earmark from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of earmark?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“earmark” in Business English

Word of the Day
coeducational

having male and female students being taught together in the same school or college rather than separately

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More