\ 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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What is happening more quickly is a marked improvement in the relationship between Arsenal supporters and their club. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Arsenal Is Stunning the Premier League by...Not Being Awful," 5 Nov. 2018 That was a marked turnaround from 2016, when North Korea’s economy expanded 3.9%—the fastest pace in 17 years. Kwanwoo Jun, WSJ, "North Korea Economy Contracts as Sanctions Bite, South Officials Say," 20 July 2018 Still-strong exports to the U.S. paired with marked deterioration everywhere else strengthens Mr. Trump’s hand during this crucial 90-day negotiation period. Nathaniel Taplin, WSJ, "November Trade Winds Blow China Off Course," 10 Dec. 2018 Hao said, referring to the premise that Beijing made a conciliatory gesture after trade frictions took a marked turn for the worse in September. Gerry Shih, The Seattle Times, "China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications," 6 Nov. 2018 The countries' poorly marked western sea boundary has been the scene of several deadly naval skirmishes in recent years. Fox News, "Denuclearization, improving ties on Korean summit agenda," 18 Sep. 2018 To see if your bottle is affected, look for a November 2020 expiration date and the marked code Rf1129. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Check If Your Children’s Advil Was Recalled," 28 Aug. 2018 In 2017, 645 bills were introduced to protect access to reproductive health care services, a marked uptick in the wake of the presidential election. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: Planned Parenthood to Open 14 New Health Centers Across the American South," 23 July 2018 Seven of the victims were apparently jaywalking, hit by a vehicle on the roadway, outside of an intersection or marked crosswalk. USA TODAY, "Death on foot: Where you're most likely to die in the 5 most dangerous cities," 3 July 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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