\ ˈmärkt How to pronounce marked (audio) \

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 How to pronounce marked (audio) \ adverb
markedness \ ˈmär-​kəd-​nəs How to pronounce marked (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web An officer observed a driver make two marked lanes violations on Dec. 23. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Grinch breaks into home on Christmas: North Ridgeville police blotter," 2 Jan. 2021 Both figures represent a marked increase from the roughly 470 to 480 ICU patients the previous week. Catherine Ho,, "California’s December death toll reaches record levels as coronavirus pandemic enters ‘period of extreme difficulty’," 29 Dec. 2020 In the swing state of Florida, Trump won three out of 10 nonwhite voters, a marked increase from his two out of 10 in 2016. Carly Roman, Washington Examiner, "Maryland governor says 'big chunk' of GOP will continue to listen to Trump," 28 Dec. 2020 Both studies are limited to a single health care system, and Gaw noted that the quality of each system has a marked impact on perinatal outcomes. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "New COVID studies bring some holiday cheer for pregnant women," 23 Dec. 2020 The Wharf’s neighbor, Fort McNair, wants to create a marked zone that would take up to one-third of the channel along the base, which is says will protect military assets. Washington Post, "The Army wants water restrictions near the Wharf. Residents and D.C. leaders call it an overreach.," 21 Dec. 2020 The marked police cruiser is associated with the St. Paul Police Department's community outreach program, which works with several public housing properties in the area. Liz Sawyer, Star Tribune, "Explosive device remnants found near St. Paul police car," 18 Dec. 2020 Thomas Lecocq, a seismologist who pays particular attention to Earth’s ubiquitous vibrations, discerned a marked decrease in high-frequency noise on a permanent seismic station under his purview at the Royal Observatory of Belgium. Alka Tripathy-lang, Ars Technica, "As the world quieted down in 2020, Raspberry Shakes listened," 17 Dec. 2020 Using masks to reduce the spread of germs has been a cultural staple in Asia long before the Covid-19 pandemic, but OceansAsia noted a marked difference. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "Conservationists warn Covid waste may result in 'more masks than jellyfish' in the sea," 24 June 2020

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First Known Use of marked

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

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8 Jan 2021

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“Marked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce marked (audio)

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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