\ 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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But the most marked difference is amongst younger voters. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "The Ideological Divide Of The Sexes Is Growing: More Women Support Democratic Candidates Than Men," 3 July 2018 The president’s low-key approach was a marked shift from his posture in recent days. Jonathan Lemire, The Seattle Times, "Trump claims vindication in Mueller report, goes on attack," 25 Mar. 2019 In Athens, Greeks marked independence day with a military parade complete with tanks and military aircraft flying by the ancient Acropolis. Elena Becatoros, The Seattle Times, "Greek PM: Turkish fighter jets harassed my helicopter," 25 Mar. 2019 The advance is a marked turnaround from the final months of 2018, when tumbling technology shares wiped out trillions... Akane Otani, WSJ, "How Big Tech Has Powered Global Stocks," 10 Mar. 2019 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Miami dropped three of four to the National League West-leading Diamondbacks this week and six of seven for the season something manager Don Mattingly credited to Arizona's marked experience advantage. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "Versatile ace Zack Greinke delivers historic performance in dominating the Marlins," 28 June 2018 Could that fact make a marked difference in mileage on a road trip? Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Can Driving the Inside Lane on the Highway Shorten Your Trip?," 16 Nov. 2018 Her appearance on-screen is a marked difference from the book. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Miniaturist Author Jessie Burton on the Show's Controversial Ending," 24 Sep. 2018 That’s a marked difference from rivals such as Chevron, which is holding investment levels flat this year and 18% below 2016 levels. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Exxon, Once a ‘Perfect Machine,’ Is Running Dry," 13 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


\ 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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