\ 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 markedly (audio) \ adverb
markedness \ ˈmär-​kəd-​nəs How to pronounce markedness (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 The visit to Dayton was a marked break with tradition, as presidents visiting grieving communities typically offer public condolences and use the opportunity to try to comfort the nation. John Wagner, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump stays largely out of public view during Dayton visit; El Paso awaits his arrival," 7 Aug. 2019 Officer Schwausch activated the emergency equipment on his marked patrol vehicle and the Nissan took off at a high rate of speed. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 5 Aug. 2019 But a top prospect like Mauricio Dubon for the combination of Drew Pomeranz and Ray Black feels like a marked overpay. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "National writers weigh in on Brewers activity at the trade deadline," 1 Aug. 2019 That fat is then injected in the marked areas of the butt. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Is A Brazilian Butt Lift?," 28 July 2019 But Heyward has shown marked improvement across the board in 2019. Michael Shapiro,, "Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Scary-Good Look for October," 17 Sep. 2019 Officer Marc Schildmeyer, who is assigned to the gang enforcement unit, eventually stopped his marked police SUV in front of Jackson near a basketball court. Kevin Grasha,, "Chief: Man shot by police ignored orders to show his hands, pointed gun at officer," 12 Sep. 2019 Morten Storm is a marked man, the subject of a fatwa, a call for his death. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "Light on the Shadow World," 12 Sep. 2019 The pair noticed officers in a marked squad car watching and also fired shots at them after getting back inside the Caravan, according to Chicago police. Alice Yin,, "1 arrested after gunmen fire at officers who saw them shoot man in East Garfield Park, police say," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of marked

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

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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of marked was before the 12th century

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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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