\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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The comments were a marked departure for the union, which represents approximately 15,000 agents. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Border Patrol union boss calls Trump's National Guard deployment a 'colossal waste'," 25 May 2018 The solemn procession of home fans was a marked contrast from the colorful festival of chaotic tropical spirit put up by the Latin American teams before matches here. Anatoly Kurmanaev, WSJ, "Russia’s World Cup Team Gets a Reality Check," 25 June 2018 There are no shields in Odyssey, which is a marked change from Origins. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Hands-on: Assassin's Creed: Odyssey embraces Witcher-like RPG elements, and it's damned exciting," 12 June 2018 Macron’s warmth has been a marked contrast to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has barely concealed her distaste for Trump’s views, and to British Prime Minister Theresa May, whose relationship with Trump has been strained. Time, "The Trump-Macron Friendship Is Falling Apart at the G-7. That Spells Trouble for the French President," 8 June 2018 This was a marked contrast to previous mass arrests. NBC News, "Saudi arrests of female activists come amid prince's wider crackdown," 26 May 2018 Lane departure alert with steering assist alerts the driver if the car starts to stray from its marked lanes. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "2019 Toyota Corolla five-door brings latest safety tech to the masses," 26 May 2018 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

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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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