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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. [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 punctuation marks
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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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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.
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mark noun (MONEY)

mark

verb uk   /mɑːk/ us    /mɑːrk/

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 (DAMAGE/MAKE DIRTY)

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

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.

mark verb (INDICATE)

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

mark verb (SPORTS)

[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 time
(Definition of mark noun, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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