watermark Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"watermark" in British English

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watermarknoun [C]

uk   /ˈwɔː.tə.mɑːk/  us   /ˈwɑː.t̬ɚ.mɑːrk/

watermark noun [C] (PAPER)

a ​mark made in some ​types of ​paper during ​itsproduction that can only be ​seen if it is ​held against the ​light

watermark noun [C] (RIVER/SEA)

a ​markshowing the ​highest or ​lowestlevel that a ​river or the ​seareaches
(Definition of watermark from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"watermark" in Business English

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watermarknoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈwɔːtəmɑːk/
MONEY a ​mark made on some ​types of ​paper, especially ​papermoney, that is only seen if it is ​held against the ​light, and that is used to ​stopillegalcopies being made: The ​books have anti-piracy watermarks on the first ​page.
IT a ​pattern that is ​added to photographs, films, and ​soundfiles to show who ​owns the ​information: digital/​electronic watermark The ​softwareencodes a watermark within the ​DVDcopy that can be ​traced back to the ​owners of the ​software.
IT an ​image behind the ​maintext of a ​computerdocument, for ​example, in ​officialcompanydocuments or in ​documents used when giving a ​talk: A watermark is more ​transparent than a ​background and is often used as a way to ​displaycompanylogos during a ​presentation.
FINANCE a particular ​level or ​value for an ​investment, used to ​measure its ​performance: Fund ​managers need to have a watermark to ​reach in each ​analysedinvestment spell.
high watermark FINANCE the ​highestlevelreached by an ​investment in a particular ​period: Venture ​investments in ​start-upcompanieshit an ​all-time high in the San Diego ​region last ​year, although it may prove to be a high watermark.

watermarkverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈwɔːtəmɑːk/ IT, MONEY
to ​add a watermark to a ​paper or ​computerdocument: Commercial ​image resellers often ​digitally watermark their ​images.
(Definition of watermark from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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