Definition of mark out
1 : to indicate (a route on a map) with marks I have marked out the best way to get to my ranch.
2 : to draw lines around (something) so that it can be clearly seen He marked out his mining claim.
3 : to plan the details of (a course of action) She talked about the course the European Union has marked out for itself.
4 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.
Word by Word Definitions
: a boundary land
: a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers
: something (such as a line, notch, or fixed object) designed to record position
: to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of
: to plot the course of : chart
: to designate as if by a mark
: any of various old European units of weight used especially for gold and silver
: a unit equal to about eight ounces (248 grams)
: a unit of value:
: in a direction away from the inside or center
: from among others
: eject, oust
: to identify publicly as being such secretly
: to identify as being a closet homosexual
: used as a function word to indicate an outward movement
: situated outside : external
: situated at a distance : outlying
: one who is out of office or power or on the outside
: an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball
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