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mark

noun [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 punctuation mark 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: Mass marketing techniques very often miss their intended marks. Her arrow hit the mark.

mark

verb [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.
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