\ 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Skomal says there’s been a marked change in beachgoer behavior since the region saw two shark attacks on humans — one of them fatal — in 2018. Philip Marcelo, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 Skomal says there's been a marked change in beachgoer behavior since the region saw two shark attacks on humans - one of them fatal - in 2018. CBS News, 30 June 2022 In the five years since Hill stepped in to lead Grassroots, the group has undergone marked change, doubling its retail membership, successfully navigating a pandemic, and modernizing its website and data-collection systems. Andrew Weaver, Outside Online, 17 Mar. 2022 The desert setting presents a marked contrast from previous Saints Row urban environments. Sarah Leboeuf, Ars Technica, 21 July 2022 This is a marked difference from the start of the year when business flyers were only booking flights at half pre-pandemic levels. Sophie Mellor, Fortune, 19 May 2022 There is a marked gender difference: the majority of victims are girls, in 65% of cases. Anna Zanardi Cappon, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Neverfull totes at upwards of $2,000, not a marked difference from its retail price. Leah Bourne, Glamour, 1 Apr. 2022 The marked difference between Sundance and Berlin is that the latter is still planning on holding an in-person festival. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of marked


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

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“Marked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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