mark out

phrasal verb

marked out; marking out; marks out
: to indicate (a route on a map) with marks
I have marked out the best way to get to my ranch.
: to draw lines around (something) so that it can be clearly seen
He marked out his mining claim.
: to plan the details of (a course of action)
She talked about the course the European Union has marked out for itself.
chiefly British : to show that (someone or something) is special or different in some way
Her very first book marked her out as a great poet.
She was marked out for greatness.

Examples of mark out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One thing which marks out the series are its dialogs. John Hopewell, Variety, 19 Mar. 2024 For them, graffiti is a synonym for defacement and vandalism — and gangs marking out turf and messaging their enemies with menacing scribbles. Patt Morrison, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 From its inception, back in 2012, Mann’s relentless litigation has been marked out by an unlovely mixture of mendacity and egomania. The Editors, National Review, 9 Feb. 2024 The engraving was likely carved with a lithic tool, employing a combination of fine incisions to mark out the contours of the kite and pecking. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2024 The film, set in 1901, focuses on three men hired by a Spanish landowner to mark out his property. Marta Balaga, Variety, 27 May 2023 The trial lasted more than eight months, and at one point the restless citizens of Saint-Julien offered to mark out an insect reserve where the weevils could feed without harming the vineyards. WIRED, 7 Oct. 2023 The quality of empathy that marks out Simonides’ epigrams also infuses his lyrics. A.e. Stallings, The New York Review of Books, 17 Aug. 2023 The story of The Settlers follows three horsemen — a young Chilean mestizo, an American mercenary, and led by a reckless British lieutenant — hired by a wealthy Chilean landowner to mark out the perimeter of his extensive property and open a route to the Atlantic Ocean across vast Patagonia. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019

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“Mark out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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