Meaning of “mark” in the English Dictionary

"mark" in English

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uk /mɑːk/ us /mɑːrk/

mark noun (DIFFERENT AREA)

B2 [ C ] a small area on the surface of something that is damaged, dirty, or different in some way:

There were dirty marks on her trousers where she had wiped her hands.
His fingers had left marks on the table's polished surface.
She had a red mark on her arm where she'd burned herself.

[ C ] a typical feature or one that allows you to recognize someone or something:

Did your attacker have any distinguishing marks, such as a scar or a birthmark?
You can tell which puppy is which from the marks (also markings) on their fur.

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mark noun (SYMBOL)

C1 [ C ] a symbol that is used for giving information:

I've put a mark on the map where I think we should go for a picnic.
What do those marks in the middle of the road mean?

[ C ] a written or printed symbol:

a question mark
an exclamation mark

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mark noun (FOR SCHOOL WORK)

A2 [ C ] mainly UK US usually grade a judgment, expressed as a number or letter, about the quality of a piece of work done at school, college, or university:

What mark did you get in the biology exam?
Matilda's had very good marks in/for English throughout the year.
UK You scored full marks in the test - ten out of ten!
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  • What mark did he get in his exam?
  • She did no revision, but she still got a very high mark.
  • She got good marks for all her work.
  • I need good marks to go on to the next part of the course.
  • The teacher gave a me a good mark for my essay.

mark noun (LEVEL)

[ S ] the level intended or wanted:

Sales have already passed the million mark.

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C2 [ C ] an action that is understood to represent or show a characteristic of a person or thing or feeling:

He took off his hat as a mark of respect for her dead husband.
It's the mark of a gentleman to stand up when someone enters the room.
I'd like to give this bottle of wine as a mark of appreciation for all the work you've done for us.

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mark verb (PIECE OF WORK)

B2 [ T ] mainly UK US usually grade to correct mistakes in and give points for a piece of work:

I was up half the night marking exam papers.
UK You'll be marked down (= given a lower mark) for poor spelling and punctuation.
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mark verb (REPRESENT)

[ T ] to represent or show a characteristic of a person or thing or feeling:

The band's songs have always been marked by controversial lyrics.
The signing of the treaty marked a major milestone on the road to European union.

[ T ] to show respect for or commemorate:

Tomorrow's parade will mark the 50th anniversary of the battle.


uk /mɑːk/ us /mɑːrk/

used before a number to describe a particular version of a machine, especially one that is an improvement on the original version:

The car has enjoyed modest success since its launch, but the Mark 2 version is expected to be far more popular.

UK used before a number to show what temperature you should use for cooking something in a gas oven:

Cook at Mark 5 for 20 minutes.

(Definition of “mark” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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marknoun [ C ]

us /mɑrk/

mark noun [ C ] (SMALL AREA)

a small area on the surface of something that is damaged, dirty, a different color, or in some other way not like the rest of the surface:

You’ve got paint marks on your shirt.
There were skid marks where the car had gone off the road.

mark noun [ C ] (WRITING)

a written or printed symbol:

a check mark
Put a mark in the box that corresponds to the correct answer.

mark noun [ C ] (SIGN)

an action that is understood to represent a characteristic or feeling:

As a mark of respect for those who died, there will be a minute of silence.

mark noun [ C ] (JUDGMENT)

a letter or number used as a measure of how good a student’s work is, usually given by a teacher; a grade:

I got a decent mark on my final exam and wound up with a B for the course.

fig. If you give someone high/low marks for something, you judge that person to be good or bad in a particular way:

I’d certainly give him high marks for perseverance, but he doesn’t have much talent.

mark noun [ C ] (PURPOSE)

an intended result or an object aimed at:

Her arrow hit the mark.

markverb [ T ]

us /mɑrk/

mark verb [ T ] (REPRESENT)

to represent something that has happened in the past or is about to happen:

A guided tour will be held to mark the opening of the new school.
Today marks my tenth anniversary with this company.

mark verb [ T ] (SMALL AREA)

to put a line, spot, color, etc., that is different from the rest of a surface on a small area of that surface :

Sale items are marked in red on the tags.

mark verb [ T ] (JUDGMENT)

to put a number or letter on a student’s work that shows how good it is:

I have a stack of exam papers to mark.

(Definition of “mark” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mark" in Business English

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uk /mɑːk/ us

[ C ] a small area on a surface that is damaged, dirty, a different colour, etc.:

She returned the garment because it had a mark on the front.

[ C ] a symbol or sign which is used for showing where or what something is:

For every customer who comes through the door, put a mark in this column.

[ S ] a level that is important in some way:

the million dollar/10-billion/30-minute, etc. mark The Dow Jones Index broke through the 5,100 mark.
pass/top/exceed the ... mark Sales have already passed the million mark.

[ C ] a number or score saying how good something is or how well someone has done:

We give them a mark out of ten for service, food quality, and value for money.
a mark of sth

something that shows or proves a particular quality, feeling, etc.:

With wine, an appellation is not necessarily a mark of quality.
On the day of his funeral, the factory closed early as a mark of respect.
leave your/its mark on sb/sth

to have an effect that changes someone or something, often in a bad way:

The hurricane continues to leave its mark on abandoned strip malls and empty houses.
make a/your mark (on sth)

to have an important effect on something:

He is beginning to make his mark on the shape and direction of the Wall Street firm.
I was very ambitious, and I wanted to make a mark.
off the mark

not correct:

His criticisms are way off the mark.
You may only be guessing, but you are not far off the mark.

not at the level that was expected:

It is difficult to pinpoint why sales are off the mark.
Why are his projections so far off the mark?
up to the mark

good enough:

Her latest batch of work just isn't up to the mark.

markverb [ T ]

uk /mɑːk/ us

to write, print, or put information on something:

mark sth with sth Make sure everything is marked with the sale price.
be marked sth She divided the papers into piles marked "action" and "no action".

to be something or show that something exists:

That figure marks a 26% increase since the same time last year.
The deal marked a high point in her career.

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(Definition of “mark” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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