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noun \ˈmärk\

Definition of mark

  1. 1 :  a boundary land

  2. 2 a (1) :  a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers (2) :  something (as a line, notch, or fixed object) designed to record position b :  one of the bits of leather or colored bunting placed on a sounding line at intervals c :  target d :  the starting line or position in a track event e (1) :  goal, object (2) :  an object of attack, ridicule, or abuse; specifically :  a victim or prospective victim of a swindle (3) :  the point under discussion (4) :  condition of being correct or accurate <her observations are on the mark> f :  a standard of performance, quality, or condition :  norm <not feeling up to the mark lately>

  3. 3 a (1) :  sign, indication <a mark of his esteem> (2) :  an impression (as a scratch, scar, or stain) made on something (3) :  a distinguishing trait or quality :  characteristic <the marks of an educated person> b :  a symbol used for identification or indication of ownership c :  a cross made in place of a signature d (1) :  trademark (2) capitalized —used with a numeral to designate a particular model of a product <Mark II> e :  a written or printed symbol (as a comma or colon) f :  postmark g :  a symbol used to represent a teacher's estimate of a student's work or conduct; especially :  grade h :  a figure registering a point or level reached or achieved <the halfway mark in the game>; especially :  record

  4. 4 a :  attention, notice <nothing worthy of mark> b :  importance, distinction <a person of mark> c :  a lasting or strong impression d :  an assessment of merits :  rating <high marks for honesty>

Origin of mark

Middle English, from Old English mearc boundary, march, sign; akin to Old High German marha boundary, Latin margo

First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of mark

sign, mark, token, note, symptom mean a discernible indication of what is not itself directly perceptible. sign applies to any indication to be perceived by the senses or the reason <encouraging signs for the economy>. mark suggests something impressed on or inherently characteristic of a thing often in contrast to general outward appearance <a mark of a good upbringing>. token applies to something that serves as a proof of something intangible <this gift is a token of our esteem>. note suggests a distinguishing mark or characteristic <a note of irony in her writing>. symptom suggests an outward indication of an internal change or condition <rampant crime is a symptom of that city's decay>.

Rhymes with mark




Simple Definition of mark

  • : to make or leave a visible mark on (something)

  • : to write or make (a mark)

  • : to write a note about (something)

Full Definition of mark

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of (2) :  to plot the course of :  chart b :  to set apart by or as if by a line or boundary —usually used with off

  3. 2 a (1) :  to designate as if by a mark (2) :  to make or leave a mark on (3) :  to furnish with natural marks <wings marked with white> (4) :  to label so as to indicate price or quality (5) :  to make notations in or on b (1) :  to make note of in writing :  jot <marking the date in his journal> (2) :  to indicate by a mark or symbol <mark an accent> (3) :  register, record (4) :  to determine the value of by means of marks or symbols :  grade <mark term papers> c (1) :  characterize, distinguish <the flamboyance that marks her style> (2) :  signalize <this year marks our 50th anniversary>

  4. 3 :  to take notice of :  observe <mark my words>

  5. 4 :  to pick up (one's golf ball) from a putting green and substitute a marker

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to take careful notice

mark time
  1. 1 :  to keep the time of a marching step by moving the feet alternately without advancing

  2. 2 :  to maintain a static state of readiness

Examples of mark

  1. Any little bit of dirt will mark that fabric.

  2. Be careful not to mark the floor with your shoes.

  3. mark an accent on a letter

  4. She marked an X on each box.

  5. I have marked the event on my calendar.

  6. She marked each box with an X.

  7. X marks the spot where the suspect was last seen.

  8. Use a bookmark to mark your place.

  9. We put some tape on the floor to mark where the tables should go.

  10. The dog marked the base of the tree by urinating.

Origin of mark

Middle English, from Old English mearcian; akin to Old High German marcōn to mark, determine the boundaries of, Old English mearc boundary

First Known Use: before 12th century




Definition of mark

  1. 1 :  any of various old European units of weight used especially for gold and silver; especially :  a unit equal to about eight ounces (248 grams)

  2. 2 :  a unit of value: a :  an old English unit equal to 13s 4d b :  any one of various old Scandinavian or German units of value; specifically :  a unit and corresponding silver coin of the 16th century worth 12 taler c (1) :  deutsche mark (2) :  the basic monetary unit of East Germany replaced in 1990 by the West German deutsche mark d :  markka

Origin of mark

Middle English, from Old English marc, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mǫrk mark; akin to Old English mearc sign

First Known Use: before 12th century


noun \ˈmärk\

Definition of Mark

  1. 1 a :  an early Jewish Christian traditionally identified as the writer of the Gospel of Mark —called also John Mark b :  the second Gospel in the New Testament — see bible table

  2. 2 :  a king of Cornwall, uncle of Tristram, and husband of Isolde

Origin of mark

Latin Marcus

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with mark

MARK Defined for Kids



noun \ˈmärk\

Definition of mark

  1. 1 :  a blemish (as a scratch or stain) made on a surface <There were tire marks on the lawn.>

  2. 2 :  a written or printed symbol <a punctuation mark>

  3. 3 :  something that shows that something else exists :  sign, indication <They traded T-shirts as a mark of friendship.>

  4. 4 :  something aimed at :  target <… he missed his mark and delivered a good clout to Mig's nose instead. — Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux>

  5. 5 :  a grade or score showing the quality of work or conduct <He gets good marks in school.>

  6. 6 :  something designed or serving to record position <high-water mark>

  7. 7 :  the starting line of a race




Definition of mark


  1. 1 :  to indicate a location <He marked his place in the book.>

  2. 2 :  to set apart by a line or boundary <We tried to mark off a baseball diamond.>

  3. 3 :  to make a shape, symbol, or word on <I'll mark the top with a cross.>

  4. 4 :  to decide and show the value or quality of :  grade <Teachers mark tests.>

  5. 5 :  to be an important characteristic of <The disease is marked by fever.>

  6. 6 :  to take notice of <You'll be sorry, mark my words.>

mark·er noun

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈmärk\

Medical Definition of mark

  1. 1:  a narrow deep hollow on the surface of the crown of a horse's incisor tooth that gradually becomes obliterated by the wearing away of the crown and therefore is indicative of the animal's age and usually disappears from the lower central incisors about the sixth year while traces may remain in the upper until the eleventh

  2. 2:  an impression or trace made or occurring on something—see birthmark, strawberry mark

  3. 3:  a cut (as an ear notch) made on livestock for identification

  4. marked adjective

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