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asterisk

noun [C] uk   /ˈæs.tər.ɪsk/ us    /-tɚ-/
the symbol * , used to refer readers to a note at the bottom of a page of text, or to show that a letter is missing from a word: Sometimes taboo words are written with asterisks to avoid causing offence.

asterisk

verb [T] uk   /ˈæs.tər.ɪsk/ us    /-tɚ-/
to write an asterisk next to something: I have asterisked the books that are essential reading for the course.
(Definition of asterisk from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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