\ˈmärkt \

Definition of marked 

1 : having an identifying mark marked playing cards

2 \or ˈmär-kəd \ : having a distinctive or emphasized character has a marked drawl

3a : enjoying fame or notoriety Winning the race made him a marked man.

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

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Other Words from marked

markedly \ˈmär-kəd-lē \ adverb
markedness \ˈmär-kəd-nəs \ noun

Examples of marked in a Sentence

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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Charity runners who participated in the 2018 Boston Marathon raised $36.6 million for good causes, which officials say is a marked increase compared to last year. Emily Sweeney,, "2018 Boston Marathon raised $36.6 million for charity," 10 July 2018 The recent volatility is a marked shift from last year, when copper rose 31% following a furious December rally that capped an eight-quarter winning streak. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Once-Hot Metals Market Faces Reality of Looming Trade War," 1 July 2018 Since 2008, the park district has seen a marked increase in the number of applications for assistance, Wilson said. Janelle Walker, Naperville Sun, "Restaurant fundraisers to help cover costs of Naperville park programs for low-income families," 25 May 2018 That is a marked departure from how Hogsett's earlier statement was interpreted by union leadership, City-County Council members and media. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Mayor Joe Hogsett backs off call for change to panel that reinstated officers who shot Aaron Bailey," 28 June 2018 Dvorak specified that the first entry of the cello be made resolutely and with marked accent. Alan Artner,, "In the heat, Moser, Grant Park Orchestra perform a delicate Dvorak," 30 June 2018 Where: From Flagstaff, drive north on U.S. 180 for about 25 miles to the marked turnoff on the left (near mile marker 247). Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Kid-friendly hikes around Arizona: Hit the trail with your family this summer," 28 June 2018 Pubillones, in his marked FHP Chevrolet Tahoe, decided to help his fellow officer, records show. Gal Tziperman Lotan,, "Trooper thought he was helping a fellow police officer, but ended up arresting an impersonator: records," 28 June 2018 Police say Yaravitz used a marked cruiser during the crimes. charlotteobserver, "CMPD officer accused of stealing steaks facing 25 additional charges," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of marked

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

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English Language Learners Definition of marked

: having a mark or a particular kind of mark

: very noticeable


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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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