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mark

noun 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.Dirt and untidiness [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.Conditions and characteristics

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?Signs, signals and symbolsSpecific signs and symbols [C] a written or printed symbol: a question mark an exclamation mark punctuation marksSigns, signals and symbolsSpecific signs and symbols

mark noun (FOR SCHOOL WORK)

A2 [C] mainly UK 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!Marks and results

mark noun (LEVEL)

[S] the level intended or wanted: Sales have already passed the million mark.Measurements in generalQuality and standard

mark noun (REPRESENTATION)

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.Showing and demonstratingTypifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance

mark noun (MONEY)

[C] a Deutschmark

mark

verb uk   /mɑːk/ us    /mɑːrk/

mark verb (PIECE OF WORK)

B2 [T] 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.Marks and results

mark verb (DAMAGE/MAKE DIRTY)

C1 [I or T] to make a mark on something or someone: Make sure you don't mark the paintwork while you're moving the furniture around. A dark carpet won't mark as easily as a light one.Making things dirty and untidy

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.Typifying, illustrating and exemplifyingMeaning and significance [T] to show respect for or commemorate: Tomorrow's parade will mark the 50th anniversary of the battle.Showing respect and admirationRemembering, reminding and reminders

mark verb (INDICATE)

B2 [T] to show where something is by drawing or putting something somewhere: I've marked the route around the one-way system on the town plan. I'd like everyone to mark their progress on the chart every week. X marks the spot where the treasure is buried.Showing and demonstrating

mark verb (SPORT)

[T] UK (US cover) to prevent a member of the opposing team from taking control of the ball by staying close to them all the timeGeneral terms used in ball sports
(Definition of mark noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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