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earmark

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noun ear·mark \ˈir-ˌmärk\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of earmark

  1. 1 :  a mark of identification on the ear of an animal

  2. 2 :  a distinguishing mark all the earmarks of poverty

  3. 3 :  a provision in Congressional legislation that allocates a specified amount of money for a specific project, program, or organization

Recent Examples of earmark from the Web

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First Known Use of earmark

15th century


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earmark

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Definition of earmark

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to mark (livestock) with an earmarkb :  to mark in a distinguishing manner

  3. 2 :  to designate (something, such as funds) for a specific use or owner money earmarked for education

Examples of earmark in a Sentence

  1. The project uses funds that had been earmarked for education.

  2. the earnings from my second job have been earmarked for a down payment on a car

Recent Examples of earmark from the Web

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First Known Use of earmark

1591




EARMARK Defined for English Language Learners

earmark

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Definition of earmark for English Language Learners

  • : a mark or quality that shows what something is or what it could be

earmark

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Definition of earmark for English Language Learners

  • : to say that something will be used or treated in a specified way

  • : to put (money) aside for a special purpose



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