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mark
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
▸ + PHRASES
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
correct:
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
incorrect:
Her theory was pretty wide of the mark.
=> OVERSTEP
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
▸ + PHRASES
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.
mark my words SPOKEN OLD-FASHIONED
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
mark you OLD-FASHIONED
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

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