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mark

Noun

1 a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance); "she made good marks in algebra"; "grade A milk"; "what was your score on your homework?" [syn: grade, score]
2 a distinguishing symbol; "the owner's mark was on all the sheep" [syn: marker, marking]
3 a reference point to shoot at; "his arrow hit the mark" [syn: target]
4 a visible indication made on a surface; "some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks"; "paw prints were everywhere" [syn: print]
5 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 a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis [syn: stigma, brand, stain]
7 formerly the basic unit of money in Germany [syn: German mark, Deutsche Mark, Deutschmark]
8 Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel [syn: Saint Mark, St. Mark]
9 a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of [syn: chump, fool, gull, patsy, fall guy, sucker, soft touch, mug]
10 a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation); "his answer was just a punctuation mark"
11 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" [syn: sign]
12 the shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament [syn: Gospel According to Mark]
13 an indication of damage [syn: scratch, scrape, scar]
14 marking consisting of crossing lines [syn: crisscross, cross]
15 something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal; "the new advertising campaign was a bell ringer"; "scored a bull's eye"; "hit the mark"; "the president's speech was a home run" [syn: bell ringer, bull's eye, home run]

Verb

1 attach a tag or label to; "label these bottles" [syn: tag, label]
2 designate as if by a mark; "This sign marks the border"; "He indicated where the border ended"
3 be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense; "His modesty distinguishes him form his peers" [syn: distinguish, differentiate]
4 mark by some ceremony or observation; "We marked the anniversary of his death" [syn: commemorate]
5 make or leave a mark on; "mark the trail so that we can find our way back"
6 to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful; "He denounced the government action"; "She was stigmatized by society because she had a child out of wedlock" [syn: stigmatize, stigmatise, brand, denounce]
7 notice or perceive; "She noted that someone was following her"; "mark my words" [syn: notice, note] [ant: ignore]
8 mark with a scar; "The skin disease scarred his face permanently" [syn: scar, pock, pit]
9 make small marks into the surface of; "score the clay before firing it" [syn: score, nock]
10 establish as the highest level or best performance; "set a record" [syn: set]
11 make underscoring marks [syn: score]
12 remove from a list; "Cross the name of the dead person off the list" [syn: cross off, cross out, strike out, strike off]
13 put a check mark on or next to; "Please check each name on the list"; "tick off the items" [syn: check, check off, mark off, tick off, tick]
14 assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation; "grade tests"; "score the SAT essays"; "mark homework" [syn: grade, score]
15 insert punctuation marks into [syn: punctuate]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Alternative spellings

Pronunciation

  • /mɑːk/ (UK), /mɑɹk/ (US)
  • Rhymes with: -ɑː(r)k
  • Homophone: Mark

Etymology 1

Old English mearc, from Germanic *mark- ‘boundary; boundary marker’, from Proto-Indo-European *merǵ- ‘boundary, border’. Cognate with Dutch mark, German Mark, Swedish mark; and with Latin margo ‘margin’. Compare march.

Noun

  1. A border or frontier.
  2. In the context of "Historic": A common, or area of common land, especially among early Germanic peoples.
  3. A stone or post used to indicate position and guide travellers.
  4. A target for shooting at with a projectile.
    • 1786, To give them an accurate eye and strength of arm, none under twenty-four years of age might shoot at any standing mark, except it was for a rover, and then he was to change his mark at every shot; and no person above that age might shoot at any mark whose distance was less than eleven score yards. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 37.
  5. A marker indicating the finishing-point of a race; any goal or objective.
  6. A characteristic feature.
    A good sense of manners is the mark of a true gentleman.
  7. A written character or sign.
  8. A stamp or other indication of provenance, quality etc.
  9. Resemblance, likeness, image.
    • Late C14: Which mankynde is so fair part of thy werk / That thou it madest lyk to thyn owene merk. — Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘The Franklin's Tale’, Canterbury Tales
  10. An indication or sign used for reference or measurement.
  11. A score for finding the correct answer, or other academic achievement; the sum of such point gained as out of a possible total.
  12. A score for a sporting achievement.
  13. A visible impression or sign; a blemish, scratch, or stain, whether accidental or intentional.
  14. The line indicating an athlete's starting-point.
  15. A catch of the ball directly from a kick of 10 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick.
  16. The intended victim of swindle, fixed game or con game.
indication for reference or measurement
academic score
sporting score
visible impression, blemish, stain

Verb

  1. To indicate in some way for later reference.
  2. To take note of.
  3. To blemish, scratch, or stain.
  4. To indicate the correctness of and give a score to an essay, exam answers, etc.
  5. In the context of "Australian Rules football": To catch the ball directly from a kick of 15 metres or more without having been touched in transit, resulting in a free kick.
  6. To follow a player not in possession of the ball when defending, to prevent them receiving a pass easily.
Translations
indicate
take note of
blemish
correct
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Old English marc, from Germanic *mark- (probably ultimately the same as Etymology 1). Cognate with Dutch mark, German Mark.

Noun

  1. A measure of weight (especially for gold and silver), once used throughout Europe, equivalent to 8 oz.
    • 1997, As a reward for his poetry, Athelstan gave Egil two more gold rings weighing a mark each, along with an expensive cloak that the king himself had worn. — ‘Egil's Saga’, tr. Bernard Scudder, The Sagas of Icelanders (Penguin 2001, p. 91)
  2. An English and Scottish unit of currency (originally valued at one mark weight of silver), equivalent to 13 shillings and fourpence.
  3. Any of various European monetary units, especially the base unit of currency of Germany between 1948 and 2002, equal to 100 pfennigs.
  4. A mark coin.
Synonyms
(German currency): Deutschmark, Deutsche Mark, German mark
Translations
unit of currency
coin

Faroese

Noun

mark
  1. (kvæði) forest
  2. (in phrases) pasture
  3. field

Declension

Synonyms

forrest pasture field

Noun

mark

Declension

Synonyms

sign

French

Pronunciation

Noun

mark (plural: marks)
  1. mark (former currency)

Icelandic

Noun

mark

See also

Derived terms

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

mark
  1. ground (as opposed to the sky or the sea)
    Ha fast mark under fötterna - to be on terra firma (literally "to have firm ground under (one's) feet")
    Tillbaka på klassisk mark - back on classical ground
    På engelsk mark - on English soil
  2. (countable and uncountable) ground, field
    Bonden ägde mycket mark - The farmer owned a lot of ground
  3. mark (currency)
  4. counter, marker

Conjugation

See also

Extensive Definition

Mark may refer to:

Christianity

Currency

Geography

Catching a ball

In both Australian rules football and rugby union, a clean catch from a kick by another player results in a free kick. See:

Technology

Measurement

  • Mark (mass), an archaic European unit of weight whose use for precious metal gave rise to the currencies

Business

  • Service mark, trademark used to identify a service rather than a product
  • Trade mark, distinctive sign of some kind which is used by a business to uniquely identify itself and its products and services
  • The victim in a confidence trick

Mythology

  • Mark of Cornwall, a figure from Arthurian legend
  • Mark, a satyr, a legend in Ancient Greece, regarded as a god in Thebes.

Other

  • Beauty mark, dark mole on the face or other part of the body that is considered to be attractive
  • Diacritical mark, mark added to a letter to alter a word's pronunciation or to distinguish between similar words
  • Mark of Rohan, fictional realm in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy era of Middle-earth. See also Marches.
  • Mark, a grade awarded to students' work
  • Merchant's Mark
  • Sea mark, pilotage aid which identifies the approximate position of a maritime channel, hazard and administrative area
  • Tread mark, a mark left by a tire tread
  • Mark (given name), a given name to a person. The name comes from Latin roots meaning "defender"
  • A fan of professional wrestling.

See also

mark in Afrikaans: Mark
mark in Bulgarian: Марк
mark in German: Mark
mark in French: Mark
mark in Italian: Mark
mark in Korean: 마르크
mark in Hebrew: מרק (פירושונים)
mark in Lithuanian: Markė
mark in Hungarian: Mark
mark in Dutch: Mark
mark in Japanese: マルク
mark in Norwegian: Mark
mark in Russian: Марк
mark in Swedish: Mark
mark in Chinese: Mark

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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