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mark Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)
    grade; score.
    • she made good marks in algebra
    • grade A milk
    • what was your score on your homework?
  2. noun a distinguishing symbol
    marker; marking.
    • the owner's mark was on all the sheep
  3. noun a reference point to shoot at
    • his arrow hit the mark
  4. noun a visible indication made on a surface
    • some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks
    • paw prints were everywhere
  5. noun the impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember
    • it was in London that he made his mark
    • he left an indelible mark on the American theater
  6. noun a symbol of disgrace or infamy
    stigma; brand; stain.
    • And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis
  7. noun formerly the basic unit of money in Germany
    Deutschmark; German mark; Deutsche Mark.
  8. noun Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel
    Saint Mark; St. Mark.
  9. noun a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
    fool; soft touch; sucker; gull; patsy; fall guy; mug; chump.
  10. noun a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)
    • his answer was just a punctuation mark
  11. noun a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
    • he showed signs of strain
    • they welcomed the signs of spring
  12. noun the shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament
    Gospel According to Mark.
  13. noun an indication of damage
    scratch; scar; scrape.
  14. noun a marking that consists of lines that cross each other
    crisscross; cross.
  15. noun something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal
    bull's eye; home run; bell ringer.
    • the new advertising campaign was a bell ringer
    • scored a bull's eye
    • hit the mark
    • the president's speech was a home run
  16. verb attach a tag or label to
    tag; label.
    • label these bottles
  17. verb designate as if by a mark
    • This sign marks the border
  18. verb be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
    distinguish; differentiate.
    • His modesty distinguishes him from his peers
  19. verb mark by some ceremony or observation
    • The citizens mark the anniversary of the revolution with a march and a parade
  20. verb make or leave a mark on
    • the scouts marked the trail
    • ash marked the believers' foreheads
  21. verb to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful
    stigmatise; brand; stigmatize; denounce.
    • He denounced the government action
    • She was stigmatized by society because she had a child out of wedlock
  22. verb notice or perceive
    note; notice.
    • She noted that someone was following her
    • mark my words
  23. verb mark with a scar
    scar; pit; pock.
    • The skin disease scarred his face permanently
  24. verb make small marks into the surface of
    score; nock.
    • score the clay before firing it
  25. verb establish as the highest level or best performance
    • set a record
  26. verb make underscoring marks
  27. verb remove from a list
    strike out; cross out; strike off; cross off.
    • Cross the name of the dead person off the list
  28. verb put a check mark on or near or next to
    mark off; check off; tick off; tick; check.
    • Please check each name on the list
    • tick off the items
    • mark off the units
  29. verb assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation
    grade; score.
    • grade tests
    • score the SAT essays
    • mark homework
  30. verb insert punctuation marks into

Mark noun
  1. A license of reprisals. See Marque.
Mark noun
See 2d Marc.
  1. An old weight and coin. See Marc. "Lend me a mark." Chaucer.
  2. The unit of monetary account of the German Empire, equal to 23.8 cents of United States money; the equivalent of one hundred pfennigs. Also, a silver coin of this value. in 1995, approx. 65 cents American
Mark noun
OE. marke, merke, AS. mearc; akin to D. merk, MHG. marc, G. marke, Icel. mark, Dan. mærke; cf. Lith. margas party-colored. Cf. Remark.
  1. A visible sign or impression made or left upon anything; esp., a line, point, stamp, figure, or the like, drawn or impressed, so as to attract the attention and convey some information or intimation; a token; a trace.
    The Lord set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him. Gen. iv. 15.
  2. Specifically: (a) A character or device put on an article of merchandise by the maker to show by whom it was made; a trade-mark. (b) A character (usually a cross) made as a substitute for a signature by one who can not write.
    The mark of the artisan is found upon the most ancient fabrics that have come to light. Knight.
  3. A fixed object serving for guidance, as of a ship, a traveler, a surveyor, etc.; as, a seamark, a landmark.
  4. A trace, dot, line, imprint, or discoloration, although not regarded as a token or sign; a scratch, scar, stain, etc.; as, this pencil makes a fine mark.
    I have some marks of yours upon my pate. Shak.
  5. An evidence of presence, agency, or influence; a significative token; a symptom; a trace; specifically, a permanent impression of one's activity or character.
    The confusion of tongues was a mark of separation. Bacon.
  6. That toward which a missile is directed; a thing aimed at; what one seeks to hit or reach.
    France was a fairer mark to shoot at than Ireland. Davies.
    Whate'er the motive, pleasure is the mark. Young.
  7. Attention, regard, or respect.
    As much in mock as mark. Shak.
  8. Limit or standard of action or fact; as, to be within the mark; to come up to the mark.
  9. Badge or sign of honor, rank, or official station.
    In the official marks invested, you Anon do meet the Senate. Shak.
  10. Preëminence; high position; as, particians of mark; a fellow of no mark.
  11. (Logic) A characteristic or essential attribute; a differential.
  12. A number or other character used in registring; as, examination marks; a mark for tardiness.
  13. Image; likeness; hence, those formed in one's image; children; descendants. Obs. "All the mark of Adam." Chaucer.
  14. (Naut.) One of the bits of leather or colored bunting which are placed upon a sounding line at intervals of from two to five fathoms. The unmarked fathoms are called "deeps." Syn. -- Impress; impression; stamp; print; trace; vestige; track; characteristic; evidence; proof; token; badge; indication; symptom.
Mark transitive verb
OE. marken, merken, AS. mearcian, from mearc. See Mark the sign.
imperfect & past participle Marked ; present participle & verbal noun Marking
  1. To put a mark upon; to affix a significant mark to; to make recognizable by a mark; as, to mark a box or bale of merchandise; to mark clothing.
  2. To be a mark upon; to designate; to indicate; -- used literally and figuratively; as, this monument marks the spot where Wolfe died; his courage and energy marked him for a leader.
  3. To leave a trace, scratch, scar, or other mark, upon, or any evidence of action; as, a pencil marks paper; his hobnails marked the floor.
  4. To keep account of; to enumerate and register; as, to mark the points in a game of billiards or cards.
  5. To notice or observe; to give attention to; to take note of; to remark; to heed; to regard. "Mark the perfect man." Ps. xxxvii. 37. Syn. -- To note; remark; notice; observe; regard; heed; show; evince; indicate; point out; betoken; denote; characterize; stamp; imprint; impress; brand.
Mark intransitive verb
  1. To take particular notice; to observe critically; to note; to remark.
    Mark, I pray you, and see how this man seeketh maschief. 1 Kings xx. 7.

Webster 1913