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mark

noun
 
 
/mɑːk/
[C] a small area on a surface that is damaged, dirty, a different colour, etc.: She returned the garment because it had a mark on the front.
[C] a symbol or sign which is used for showing where or what something is: For every customer who comes through the door, put a mark in this column.
[S] a level that is important in some way: the million dollar/10-billion/30-minute, etc. mark The Dow Jones Index broke through the 5,100 mark.pass/top/exceed the ... mark Sales have already passed the million mark.
[C] a number or score saying how good something is or how well someone has done: We give them a mark out of ten for service, food quality, and value for money.
a mark of sth something that shows or proves a particular quality, feeling, etc.: With wine, an appellation is not necessarily a mark of quality. On the day of his funeral, the factory closed early as a mark of respect.
leave your/its mark on sb/sth to have an effect that changes someone or something, often in a bad way: The hurricane continues to leave its mark on abandoned strip malls and empty houses.
make a/your mark (on sth) to have an important effect on something: He is beginning to make his mark on the shape and direction of the Wall Street firm. I was very ambitious, and I wanted to make a mark.
off the mark not correct: His criticisms are way off the mark. You may only be guessing, but you are not far off the mark. not at the level that was expected: It is difficult to pinpoint why sales are off the mark. Why are his projections so far off the mark?
up to the mark good enough: Her latest batch of work just isn't up to the mark.
(Definition of mark noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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