mark1 [ mark ] noun count ***
▸ 1 area of dirt/oil etc.
▸ 2 level/stage/total etc.
▸ 3 something that shows a quality
▸ 4 printed/written symbol
▸ 5 school score
▸ 6 place you try to hit
▸ 7 official sign on something
▸ 8 unit of money in Germany
1. ) an area of an unpleasant substance such as dirt or oil on the surface of something that is different in color from the rest:
There was a greasy mark on his shirt.
leave a mark (on something): The sauce has left a mark on the cloth.
a ) a damaged area on the surface of something:
a burn/scorch/bite/scuff/scratch mark: There were burn marks on her hands.
b ) an area of color on something such as a person's or animal's skin that is different in color from the rest:
The male bird has a white mark on its breast.
2. ) a particular level, stage, total, etc. that something reaches:
the halfway mark: Chicago was the halfway mark on our trip across the country.
reach a mark: Average earnings have not yet reached the $40,000 mark.
3. ) mark of something that shows that a person or thing has a particular quality:
The mark of a good movie is that it leaves you talking about it.
a mark of respect: The race was postponed as a mark of respect.
4. ) a printed or written symbol that is not a letter or a number:
The mark above the vowel changes its sound.
Put a mark by the names of the most interesting candidates.
a ) the symbol X that someone who does not know how to write puts instead of their name on a document
5. ) a GRADE that a teacher gives a student's work:
My worst mark was a D.
a ) a score that a judge gives a performance in a competition
6. ) the place that you try to hit:
find/hit your mark: His third shot found its mark.
miss your mark: The bullet missed its mark, embedding itself in a tree.
7. ) an official sign on something that shows who made it, who it belongs to, or that it is of a particular standard or quality:
carry a mark (=have a mark on it): We suggest you only buy toys that carry the mark of the Safety Council.
8. ) the unit of money used in Germany before the EURO: DEUTSCHMARK
be quick/slow off the mark INFORMAL
to react quickly/slowly so that you get/lose an advantage:
Some companies have been quicker off the mark than others.
close to/near the mark
almost correct:
His guess was very close to the mark.
hit/miss the mark
to achieve/not achieve the result that you intended:
Robin knew his comment had hit the mark.
leave your/a mark (on)
to have a very strong and noticeable effect on someone or something, usually a bad one that lasts a long time:
Years of war have left their mark on these pretty islands.
make your/a mark (on something)
to change something or do something important so that people notice and remember you:
He's only been here four days but he's already made his mark.
Mark 1/2/3 etc.
1. ) a type of vehicle, machine, etc. with slightly different features from those of an earlier or later type that has the same name and is made by the same company:
Like the Mark 3, the Mark 4 has a luxury interior.
2. ) BRITISH a particular level of heat produced by a gas oven:
Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 5.
not up to the mark BRITISH
1. ) INFORMAL not good enough
2. ) INFORMAL OLD-FASHIONED not feeling very well
on the mark
The inflation forecasts have been right on the mark.
on your marks SPOKEN
used for telling runners in a race to stand in their positions ready to start:
On your marks, get set, go!
stamp your mark on something
to affect or change something in a way that allows people to recognize your influence:
She has stamped her own mark on the American television industry.
wide of the mark/(way) off the mark
Her theory was pretty wide of the mark.
mark 2 [ mark ] verb ***
▸ 1 make mark on surface
▸ 2 write/draw on something
▸ 3 judge student's work
▸ 4 show position of something
▸ 5 show something is happening
▸ 6 be typical feature of
▸ 7 celebrate something
1. ) transitive to make a mark on the surface of something so that its appearance is spoiled or damaged:
be marked with something: Her cheek was marked with scratches.
a ) intransitive if something marks, its appearance becomes spoiled or damaged by a mark made on its surface:
Shiny wooden surfaces tend to mark very easily.
2. ) intransitive or transitive to write or draw words, letters, symbols, etc. on something for a particular purpose:
We entered through a door marked Private.
mark something with something: Foods marked with a red star are included in the recipe section.
mark something on something: His job is to mark lines on roads.
mark someone (as) absent/present: Anyone who is late will be marked absent.
3. ) intransitive or transitive to judge the quality of a student's work and write a grade on it:
I spent the evening marking freshman term papers.
4. ) transitive to show the position of something:
A memorial plaque will mark the spot where he died.
A high stone wall marked the boundary of the Roscarrock estate.
5. ) transitive to show that something is happening:
The book marked a change in direction for American literature.
mark the start/end of something: This tournament marks the official start of the season.
6. ) transitive to be an important or typical feature of someone or something:
He maintained the humble attitude that has always marked his public appearances.
be marked by something: Public gatherings were generally marked by restraint and control.
7. ) transitive to celebrate something:
A ceremony was held to mark the occasion.
used for telling someone to listen carefully to what you are saying, especially because you will be proved right in the future
mark time
1. ) to do nothing or make no progress because you are waiting for something to happen
2. ) if soldiers mark time, they make movements with their arms and legs as if they were marching, but they stay in the same place
used for emphasizing that what you are saying is important
,mark `down phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to write something in order to have a record of it:
Use this column to mark down how much each item costs.
2. ) to reduce the price of something:
All shoes are marked down 20 percent for this week only.
3. ) mark down or mark off to give a student a lower grade for their work for a particular reason:
mark someone down for something: They'll mark you down for poor spelling.
4. ) mark down for MAINLY BRITISH to intend or plan that a particular thing should happen to someone or something:
The museum has been marked down for closure.
5. ) mark down as MAINLY BRITISH to decide that you think someone or something is a particular type of person or thing, especially when you first see them:
He was immediately marked down as a troublemaker.
,mark `off phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to mark the limits of an area using a line, fence, rope, etc.:
mark something off with something: The crime scene was marked off with official police tape.
2. ) to mark something with a word, letter, or symbol in order to show that you have dealt with it:
He marked off the names of all the suitable candidates.
3. ) AMERICAN same as MARK DOWN 3
,mark `out phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to show the shape of something by drawing it on a surface:
The shape of the pond is marked out first with a spade.
2. ) to show that someone or something is different from others:
mark someone/something out/off as something: His talent has marked him out as one of the greatest runners ever.
3. ) mark out for to show that someone or something will do something in the future:
It was the kind of singing voice that marks someone out for a professional career.
,mark `up phrasal verb transitive
1. ) to increase the price of something, especially something you bought for a lower price:
Foreign cars are often marked up by 40 percent for the American market.
2. ) to correct or write notes or instructions on a piece of writing, especially before it is published

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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