\ 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 Field sobriety tests were administered, and he was arrested and charged with drunk driving and marked lanes. Cheryl Higley, cleveland, "Drunk man passes out in gas station bathroom: North Ridgeville police blotter," 9 Jan. 2021 Several editors and agents told me that discussions in acquisition meetings have undergone a marked shift since the beginning of last year, but others were skeptical about how deep or long-lasting these shifts would be. Lila Shapiro, Vulture, "Blurbed to Death," 5 Jan. 2021 That’s a marked change from the 2000 election, when George W. Bush won decisively in the Atlanta suburbs to capture the state and Democrats still ran competitively with right-of-center voters in much of rural North and South Georgia. New York Times, "Georgia Is Getting More Blue. The Senate Races Will Tell How Much.," 3 Jan. 2021 But Boudin’s policy shift toward grand juries — a marked change from previous district attorney administrations — is raising concerns among defense attorneys, who, along with their clients, are shut out of grand jury proceedings. Megan Cassidy,, "Chesa Boudin, in policy shift, seeks to clear case backlog by leaning more on grand juries for charges," 1 Jan. 2021 The picture of the royals at home is a marked change from last year's mailing, which featured a photo of the happy couple on their historic trip to Cuba. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles and Camilla's Christmas Card Just Shared Their 2020 Christmas Card Photo," 16 Dec. 2020 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

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First Known Use of marked

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

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20 Jan 2021

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“Marked.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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