\ ˈmärkt How to pronounce marked (audio) \

Definition of marked

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having an identifying mark marked playing cards
2 \ or  ˈmär-​kəd How to pronounce marked (audio) \ : having a distinctive or emphasized character has a marked drawl
3a : enjoying fame or notoriety Winning the tournament made her a marked woman.
b : being an object of attack, suspicion, or vengeance To his enemies, the rebel leader was a marked man.
4 : overtly signaled by a linguistic feature with most English nouns the plural is the marked number


Definition of marked (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense of mark entry 2

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Other Words from marked


markedly \ ˈmär-​kəd-​lē How to pronounce marked (audio) \ adverb
markedness \ ˈmär-​kəd-​nəs How to pronounce marked (audio) \ noun

Examples of marked in a Sentence

Adjective He speaks with a marked accent. There was a marked change in her attitude. There's been a marked improvement in the weather.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The early months of the pandemic saw a marked increase in employee productivity as professional services organizations rushed to embrace remote work. Serenity Gibbons, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Today, there is a marked increase in demand for CSR, particularly among millennial and Gen Z job seekers as well as customers who will work for and patronize companies that align with their values. Simon Croom, Fortune, 6 June 2021 The stay-at-home school year saw a marked increase in anxiety, depression and other mental health issues among students. Russ Mitchell Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Martinez noted that there has been a marked increase in rescues and recovery operations in the mountains north of the Lukeville, Ariz., area, one the border segments where the Trump administration added long stretches of 30-foot-barriers. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 After a marked increase in disruptive - and sometimes dangerous - behavior by passengers, some airlines are changing their plans to start selling alcohol in the cabin again. Hannah Sampson, Anchorage Daily News, 2 June 2021 The views are unreal and there are lots of marked points along the way to stop and take photos, hike, and picnic. Rebecca Holland, Forbes, 27 May 2021 Some of the Bay Area’s largest cities saw a marked rise in shootings beginning last year and continuing into 2021. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 May 2021 His message to a meeting of the Arctic Council in Iceland will be a marked change from the Trump administration, which had urged the group to take commercial advantage of global warming. Matthew Lee, Star Tribune, 14 May 2021

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First Known Use of marked


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

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13 Jun 2021

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“Marked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of marked

: having a mark or a particular kind of mark
: very noticeable


\ ˈmärkt How to pronounce marked (audio) \

Kids Definition of marked

1 : having notes or information written on it
2 : noticeable Her father speaks with a marked accent.
3 : showing identification a marked police car


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