\ 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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That would be a marked shift from mid-March when 11 of 17 Fed officials saw no change in interest rates while the rest expected one or two quarter-point rate increases for 2019. Don Lee,, "Is the Federal Reserve about to cave to Trump’s demand to cut interest rates?," 18 June 2019 This is a marked shift from past election years, when mainstream Democratic contenders like Hillary Clinton and former President Obama shunned the issue. Jack Turman, Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News, "Cory Booker set to testify on reparations before House Judiciary subcommittee," 18 June 2019 Taiwanese billionaire Terry Gou, chairman of iPhone assembler Foxconn Technology Group, declared his candidacy for president of Taiwan, in a marked shift for the island’s politics, his company and, potentially, relations with China. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "iPhone-Assembly Tycoon to Seek Taiwan Presidency After Consulting Sea Goddess," 17 Apr. 2019 Equally important, the system has opened the drug market to public scrutiny, a marked contrast to the secrecy that cloaks the U.S. market. Noam N. Levey,, "German patients get the latest drugs for just $11. Can such a model work in the U.S.?," 19 June 2019 According to police, a uniformed officer in a marked patrol car was approached by an employee of the CVS at the corner of Pennsylvania and North avenues in the Penn North neighborhood of West Baltimore about 9:27 a.m. on Memorial Day. Kevin Rector,, "'I need to know what happened to my son,' says mother of man who died in a Baltimore jail," 7 June 2019 He was charged with disorderly conduct, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, failure to use care in stopping and a marked lanes violation, reported WYCN. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Man who crawled onto school bus in traffic denies it was road rage, says he's not crazy | Charlotte Observer," 8 May 2018 That’s a marked change from Bungie’s last split, which saw Microsoft retaining ownership of Halo for all eternity. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Bungie divorces Activision, Epic gives our favorite game of 2017 away for free," 11 Jan. 2019 One of the biggest trends from the last few years wasn't a type of hemline or a specific color, but rather a marked change in the way shoppers acquire their clothes. Leah Bourne, Glamour, "There's a New Trend in Fashion Subscription Boxes—and We Put It to the Test," 10 Jan. 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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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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