From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmarkmark1 /mɑːk $ mɑːrk/ ●●● S2 W2 verb 1 write on something [transitive]WRITE to write or draw on something, so that someone will notice what you have written I’ve marked the pages you need to look at.mark something with something When you’re done, put your sheet in the envelope marked with your name.mark something on something Peter marked his name on the first page.mark something personal/fragile/urgent etc a document marked ‘confidential’mark somebody present/absent (=write on an official list that someone is there or not there, especially in school) Any student who is more than 20 minutes late for class will be marked absent. All school uniform should be clearly marked with the child’s name.2 damage [intransitive, transitive]MARK to make a mark on something in a way that spoils its appearance or damages it, or to become spoiled in this way Take off your shoes so you don’t mark the floor. The disease had marked her face for life. The table marks easily, so please be careful.3 celebrate [transitive]CELEBRATE to celebrate an important event celebrations to mark Australia Daymark something with something Carter’s 90th birthday will be marked with a large party at the Savoy Hotel. Mrs Lawson was presented with a gold watch to mark the occasion.4 show position [transitive]SHOW/LET somebody SEE something to show where something is A simple wooden cross marked her grave. He had marked the route on the map in red.mark something with something Troop positions were marked with colored pins. She placed a bookmark between the pages to mark her place.5 year/month/week [transitive] if a particular year, month, or week marks an important event, the event happened on that date during a previous year This week marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Priestley. 6 show a change [transitive]SHOW/LET somebody SEE something to be a sign of an important change or an important stage in the development of something Her latest novel marks a turning point in her development as a writer. The move seemed to mark a major change in government policy. These elections mark the end of an era.7 quality/featureTYPICAL [transitive] if something is marked by a particular quality or feature, it is a typical or important part of that thing SYN characterize The villages of East Anglia are marked by beautiful churches with fine towers.Grammar Mark is usually passive in this meaning.8 student’s work [transitive] especially British EnglishRESULT/GRADE to read a piece of written work and put a number or letter on it to show how good it is SYN grade American English I’ve got a pile of exam papers to mark.9 sport [transitive] especially British EnglishDS to stay close to a player of the opposite team during a game SYN guard American English10 → be marking time11 → mark time12 → (you) mark my words!13 → mark you → marked → mark somebody/something ↔ down → mark somebody/something down as something → mark somebody/something ↔ off → mark somebody/something ↔ out → mark something ↔ up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusmark• The success rates for two tasks differing only in the lengths of the rod shown is again marked.• The album marks a change in Young's musical style.• This time it was to mark a milestone in the history of exploration.• The meeting was marked by bitter exchanges between the two sides.• The Gingrich investigation lasted two years and was marked by extraordinary partisan wrangling.• It is a potentially fatal illness, marked by internal bleeding.• The linoleum marks easily.• For a moment there came flickering into his mind the memory of a list - nine names marked for death.• The examiners who marked her A-level paper were very lenient and gave her a pass.• He put a slip of paper in his book to mark his page.• Mrs Parry, have you marked our tests yet?• Michael gave us a map of the city and marked some places of interest to visit.• The celebration marked the 100th anniversary of the staging of the modern Olympic Games.• A barbed wire fence marks the boundary between the two communities.• This year marks the company's 50th anniversary.• It marked the end of the possibility of an attitude of withdrawal for the papacy.• Her shoes marked the floor.• Two shiny bronze plaques marked the former entrance to the palace.• I'll just mark the one I want in the catalog.• A firework display was organized to mark the Queen's birthday.• He had marked the route in red.• The church marks the spot where St Peter died.• Put the lid on your pen so it doesn't mark the tablecloth.• Like the rings on a tree that mark the years, some measures remain, resulting in a gradual buildup of security.clearly marked• Before the goods can be sold, the retailer must ensure that the price is clearly marked.• Her editor said the second column had been sent to the Union-Tribune clearly marked as a repeat.• It is clearly marked, easy to use and at £59.00 remarkably cheap.• The Daemonettes have the symbol of Slaanesh clearly marked on their foreheads.• Women's limited space is being clearly marked out.• The text flowed into neat columns, with any excess clearly marked, ready to be moved to a jump page.• The genetic revolution is proceeding without clearly marked, spectacular advances that might make it easier to debate and comprehend.• Trays are clearly marked with patient name and room number. 2.mark ... occasion• It seemed not to seek to impose itself but merely to mark the occasion.• The following books are either now in stores or will soon be released to mark the occasion.• Y., wore her Sunday best, a floral dress, to mark the occasion.• Thirty-three years on, his fans gathered there to mark the occasion, and Aileen Taylor was with them.• Clwyd's Euro Week starts today with a special edition of Clwyd Connections published to mark the occasion by the county council.• To mark the occasion Newtownards mayor Wilbert Magill will be officiating at the ceremony.• To mark the occasion the club presented her with a tracksuit and treated her to a slap-up lunch at a Middlesbrough restaurant.• He marked the occasion with a quiet dinner with Brand and teammate Cuttino Mobley. mark ... place• The hilltop is now completely wooded over, but the name remains as witness to a possible mark.• Eventually Mark found a place for it far in the bows of the raft, like a miniature fourth mast.• I never really marked off a place for myself within the family.• She keeps her finger marking her place in her book.• The crosses in the pavement mark their place of execution.• The Subject is the category that marks the place that the individual must fill to be constituted as a subject.• Error marks the place where education begins.• In the adjoining Garden on the Ramparts stand two obelisks marking the place where the victims of the Defenestration fell in 1618.mark the end of• The bill marks the end of a shocking anomaly similar to the one that once allowed only men to vote.• Motherhood replaced marriage as the occasion for leaving paid work and seldom marked the end of a woman's labour force membership.• The changes mark the end of an era for the long-embattled agency and for the institutions it helped.• Birmingham on 1 and 2 August 1838 saw a celebration to mark the end of apprenticeship.• Their arrival marked the end of policies that limited women to medical and musical units.• It will be ready in 1998, marking the end of the fifth season of the cult series.• When the first shells hit the rebels' airstrip, civilians and soldiers were marking the end of the period of mourning.• June 30 would mark the end of the triennial contract cycle that had punctuated labor-management relations in the copper industry since midcentury.markmark2 ●●● S3 W2 noun [countable] 1 dirtMARK a spot or dirty area on something that spoils its appearance I can’t get these marks out of my T-shirt. His feet left dirty marks all over the floor. The skid marks (=marks left by a car’s tyres) were over 30 feet long.2 damaged areaDAMAGE a cut, hole, or other small sign of damageburn/scratch/bite etc mark a burn mark on the kitchen table There were scratch marks all over the victim’s body.3 coloured areaMARK a small area of darker or lighter colour on a plain surface such as a person’s skin or an animal’s fur The kitten is mainly white with black marks on her back. → birthmark4 writingSIGN/SYMBOL a shape or sign that is written or printed What do those strange marks at the top mean? Make a mark at the bottom of the page.5 level/number a particular level, number, amount etcpass/reach/approach etc the ... mark The temperature is not expected to reach the 20 degree mark in the next few days. In 1976 unemployment in Britain passed the one million mark.6 student’s work especially British EnglishRESULT/GRADE a letter or number given by a teacher to show how good a student’s work is SYN grade American Englishgood/high mark The highest mark was a B+. Her marks have been a lot lower this term. She always gets good marks.pass mark (=the mark you need in order to pass an exam) The pass mark was 75%.full/top marks (=the highest possible mark) 7 → full/top marks for effort/trying/persistence etc8 → high/low mark9 → make/leave your mark10 → leave/make its mark on somebody/something11 → off the mark/wide of the mark12 → close to the mark13 → be a mark of something14 → a mark of respect/honour/affection etc15 → Mark 2/6 etc16 → hit/miss the mark17 → be quick/slow/first etc off the mark18 → not up to the mark19 → the halfway mark20 → bear the mark of something21 → on your mark(s), get set, go!22 moneyPEC the standard unit of money used in Germany before the Euro23 signature old useSIGN YOUR NAME a sign in the form of a cross, used by someone who is not able to write their name ► Do not use mark to mean ‘a product made by a particular company’. Use make or brand: an expensive make of camera | a well-known brand of toothpaste → exclamation mark, → overstep the mark at overstep(2), → punctuation mark, question mark, speech marksCOLLOCATIONS – Meanings 1 & 2verbsmake a markHer lipstick had made a mark on his collar.leave a mark (=make a mark)The glass had left a mark on the table.remove a markThe product removes greasy marks from clothes.a mark comes off/outI can’t get this dirty mark to come out.a mark fades (=it gradually disappears)His scratch marks have faded, but the memories never will.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + mark a black markThere were black marks all over the floor.a dirty markWhat’s that dirty mark on your coat?a greasy markIt’s good for getting greasy marks off carpet.a tyre mark British English, a tire mark American English (=a mark left on the ground by a vehicle’s tyre)The track was pretty soft and there were tyre marks.a skid mark (=a long tyre mark caused by a car that has lost control)After the accident, two sets of skid marks were found.a scorch/burn mark (=a mark caused by burning)There appeared to be scorch marks on the ceiling.a stretch mark (=a mark on your skin caused by stretching)Most women get stretch marks when they have a baby.a bite mark (=a mark where something has bitten you)Her arms were covered in itchy bite marks.a scratch markThe chairs had made scratch marks on the floor. THESAURUSa dirty markmark a dirty area on something that spoils its appearanceThe bark of the tree had made black marks on her trousers.spot a small mark on somethinga grease spot on my shirtstain a mark that is difficult to remove, especially one made by a dark liquida wine stain on the tableclothblood stainssmudge a mark that is made when something touches against a surfaceThere was a smudge of lipstick on his cheek.He had a smudge of chalk on his jacket.smear a mark that is made by a small amount of something spread across a surfaceThe table had a smear of paint on the top.fingerprint (also fingermark British English) a mark on the surface of something that is made by someone’s fingersThe glass was covered with greasy fingerprints.a mark on your skinblemish a mark on your skin that spoils its appearanceJohn grew a beard to hide the blemishes on his chin.mole a small dark, sometimes raised, mark on your skinSome moles may become cancerous. Helena found a mole on her arm which had definitely not been there before.freckles small light brown marks on your skin, especially on your face but also on your arms, shoulders etcShe had a light sprinkling of freckles across her nose.birthmark a permanent mark on your skin that you have had since you were bornThere was a small birthmark on her left cheek.bruise a purple or brown mark on your skin that you get because you have fallen or been hitHer legs were covered in cuts and bruises.scar a permanent mark on your skin, caused by a cut or by something that burns youThe injury left a small scar on his forehead.pimple/zit (also spot British English) a small raised red mark or lump on your skin, which usually appears when a child is between 12 and 18 years oldWhen I was a teenager I had terrible spots. The boy had a few pimples under his chin. wart a small hard raised mark on your skin caused by a virusHis face was covered in hairy warts. blister a small area of skin that is swollen and full of liquid because it has been rubbed or burnedThere was a blister on his arm where the boiling milk had splashed him. rash an area of small red spots on your skin, caused by an illness or an allergyI can’t eat strawberries - they give me a rash.
Examples from the Corpusmark• She squeezed me so hard, she left a mark on my arm.• The tape left a mark on the paint.• There are marks on the door where the cat has scratched it.• There are marks on the tarmac where the car left the road.• Check the power cord for any burn marks.• Put a check mark beside each person's name as they come in.• His shoes had left dirt marks across the carpet.• How did you get that dirty mark on your T-shirt?• I got full marks in the history test.• She came out with the second highest marks in the class.• He instantly made his mark with a series of books based on the classics.• His mark on the last test gave him a final average of 88%.• He had two little marks on his face where his glasses had been.• You have to do the course again if you get low marks.• Hot cups of tea can make marks on polished tables.• Now, though, the irony is wearing off; they don't even bother to put their antics in quotation marks.• Garvin had scratch marks on the side of her face.• During this third movement, an adagio, the land also developed stretch marks.• By the marks in the sand, it had been felled by a falcon, which made a meal of its flesh.• Caught me bending was nearer the mark.• The mark fell as low as 72. 41 yen.• But first harness, tack and carriages had to be spruced up to ensure top marks for turnout.• I don't think the tractor came this way - there are no tyre marks in the mud.• It would provide the maximum area of water within the engineering constraints and would be broadly equivalent to mean high water mark.• "What mark did you get?" "B."skid marks• On the concrete floor inside are tire tracks, and skid marks where kids have done wheelies or donuts.• The walkers still have some finger nails left and don't have skid marks in their boxer shorts.• The car sped through the estate and left skid marks on the road and lawns.• Long skid marks on the pavement showed that the driver had tried to brake.• There are no skid marks at the scene.• The skid marks were evident on the last 750 feet of runway travel.burn/scratch/bite etc mark• There was even a burn mark on his chin but apart from that his expression was positively cherubic.• The last of his scratch marks have faded now but his memories never will.• But small or not, it appears to have left a nasty bite mark on her arm.• Broadly speaking, children under four are not sensitised and show no bite mark.• I found these seemingly senseless bite marks by the hundreds.• I examined closely where the squirrel had bitten the branches, and found the bite marks in the thin bark.Make ... mark• Her career was what was important, her independence, her self-worth, making a mark.• No-one else has ever made a mark.• They talked through their own intercom system, and the assistant made marks on the map with a grease pencil.• Participants were expected to join in and make a mark on the proceedings.• Two years since I set up the glass and started to make marks on it.• A party conference is a natural stamping ground for those who have barely four days in which to make a mark.• You would make a mark on your firing table, showing the results.pass/reach/approach etc the ... mark• As the countdown reaches the two-minute mark, the room seems to tremble.• The shuttle's tanks have been filled by the time that the countdown reaches the 3 hours mark.• Membership had passed the 100 mark already.• But on Feb. 20 he reached the century mark.• Border had not passed the 50 mark since his first innings of the tour against Somerset.• Today, hit shows are lucky to reach the 10 % mark, and even blockbusters fail to reach twice that.• Six more years, if still alive, she would reach the half century mark.full/top marks• Well done Ralph, and full marks Henry.• But first harness, tack and carriages had to be spruced up to ensure top marks for turnout.• This means that a few get top marks, a big bunch get middling marks, and a few come near the bottom.• None of them got full marks.• I can find no errors of shape, proportion or poise - full marks for accuracy.• Only one in six adults scored full marks in a test of six familiar words.• Well, full marks for courage, Major.• You had to give the woman full marks for persistence.From Longman Business Dictionarymarkmark1 /mɑːkmɑːrk/ noun the £20/$1000 etc mark 20 pounds, 1000 dollars etcThere is usually a fee to be paid, generally around the £100 mark plus VAT.markmark2 verb [transitive] to put a sign on somethingYou must mark all hazardous goods with international danger symbols. → mark something → down → mark something ↔ up→ See Verb tableOrigin mark1 1. Old English mearc “border, edge, sign”2. (1800-1900) German mark2 Old English mearcian