mar

verb
\ ˈmär How to pronounce mar (audio) \
marred; marring

Definition of mar

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to ruin or diminish the perfection or wholeness of : spoil whose life has been marred by problems with drugs— William Plummer their relations were marred by disgraceful conflicts— L. W. Beck the race was marred by a 23-car pileup— Mike Harris
2 archaic
a : to inflict serious bodily harm on
b : destroy

mar

noun

Definition of mar (Entry 2 of 4)

: something that mars : blemish

Definition of mar (Entry 3 of 4)

maritime

Definition of Mar (Entry 4 of 4)

March

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Verb

injure, harm, hurt, damage, impair, mar mean to affect injuriously. injure implies the inflicting of anything detrimental to one's looks, comfort, health, or success. badly injured in an accident harm often stresses the inflicting of pain, suffering, or loss. careful not to harm the animals hurt implies inflicting a wound to the body or to the feelings. hurt by their callous remarks damage suggests injury that lowers value or impairs usefulness. a table damaged in shipping impair suggests a making less complete or efficient by deterioration or diminution. years of smoking had impaired his health mar applies to injury that spoils perfection (as of a surface) or causes disfigurement. the text is marred by many typos

Examples of mar in a Sentence

Verb A large scar marred his face. Her acting mars an otherwise great movie. Noun the Johnsons complained to the movers about broken dishes and mars on the furniture
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First Known Use of mar

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1551, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mar

Verb and Noun

Middle English marren, from Old English mierran to obstruct, waste; akin to Old High German merren to obstruct

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The first known use of mar was before the 12th century

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“Mar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mar. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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mar

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mar

: to ruin the beauty or perfection of (something) : to hurt or damage the good condition of (something)

mar

verb
\ ˈmär How to pronounce mar (audio) \
marred; marring

Kids Definition of mar

: to ruin the beauty or perfection of : spoil … Little Man never allowed dirt or tears or stains to mar anything he owned.— Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Mar.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of Mar.

March

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