mark

A mark is some kind of dot, line, or figure that emphasizes or distinguishes something. You might make a mark on your calendar to remind you of your best friend's birthday.

There are many kinds of marks, from punctuation — like quotation marks — to spots or scars on skin — "The bee sting left a mark on his cheek." When you mark something, you leave a mark on it, check it off, cross it out, or label it. You can also mark something by noticing or acknowledging it: "Let's mark your birthday with a big party!" Shopkeepers mark prices on goods, and a "mark down" is a reduction in price.

Primary Meanings of mark

1.
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a distinguishing symbol
make or leave a mark on
2.
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a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)
notice or perceive
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something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal
4.
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formerly the basic unit of money in Germany
Full Definitions of mark
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n a distinguishing symbol

“the owner's mark was on all the sheep”
Synonyms:
marker, marking
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earmark
identification mark on the ear of a domestic animal
brand
identification mark on skin, made by burning
trademark
a formally registered symbol identifying the manufacturer or distributor of a product
assay-mark, authentication, hallmark
a mark on an article of trade to indicate its origin and authenticity
postmark
a cancellation mark stamped on mail by postal officials; indicates the post office and date of mailing
watermark
a distinguishing mark impressed on paper during manufacture; visible when paper is held up to the light
broad arrow
an arrowhead mark identifying British government property
milepost, milestone
stone post at side of a road to show distances
peg, pin
small markers inserted into a surface to mark scores or define locations etc.
pip, spot
a mark on a die or on a playing card (shape depending on the suit)
label
an identifying or descriptive marker that is attached to an object
cairn
a mound of stones piled up as a memorial or to mark a boundary or path
Sharpie
a pen with indelible ink that will write on any surface
logo, logotype
a company emblem or device
gummed label, paster, sticker
an adhesive label
tag, ticket
a label written or printed on paper, cardboard, or plastic that is attached to something to indicate its owner, nature, price, etc.
tag
a label associated with something for the purpose of identification
title bar
(computer science) a horizontal label at the top of a window, bearing the name of the currently active document
Type of:
symbol
an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

n a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)

“his answer was just a punctuation mark
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arrow, pointer
a mark to indicate a direction or relation
broad arrow
a mark shaped like an arrowhead; used to mark convicts' clothing
call mark, call number, pressmark
a mark consisting of characters written on a book; used to indicate shelf location
caret
a mark used by an author or editor to indicate where something is to be inserted into a text
check, check mark, tick
a mark indicating that something has been noted or completed etc.
diacritic, diacritical mark
a mark added to a letter to indicate a special pronunciation
ditto, ditto mark
a mark used to indicate the word above it should be repeated
dollar mark, dollar sign
a mark ($) written before a number to indicate that it stands for the number of dollars
head, point
a V-shaped mark at one end of an arrow pointer
punctuation, punctuation mark
the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
accent, accent mark
a diacritical mark used to indicate stress or placed above a vowel to indicate a special pronunciation
breve
a diacritical mark (U-shaped) placed over a vowel to indicate a short sound
cedilla
a diacritical mark (,) placed below the letter c to indicate that it is pronounced as an s
circumflex
a diacritical mark (^) placed above a vowel in some languages to indicate a special phonetic quality
hacek, wedge
a diacritical mark (an inverted circumflex) placed above certain letters (such as the letter c) to indicate pronunciation
macron
a diacritical mark (-) placed above a vowel to indicate a long sound
tilde
a diacritical mark (~) placed over the letter n in Spanish to indicate a palatal nasal sound or over a vowel in Portuguese to indicate nasalization
diaeresis, dieresis, umlaut
a diacritical mark (two dots) placed over a vowel in German to indicate a change in sound
ampersand
a punctuation mark (&) used to represent conjunction (and)
apostrophe
the mark (') used to indicate the omission of one or more letters from a printed word
brace
either of two punctuation marks ({ or }) used to enclose textual material
bracket, square bracket
either of two punctuation marks ([ or ]) used to enclose textual material
angle bracket, bracket
either of two punctuation marks (`<' or `>') used in computer programming and sometimes used to enclose textual material
colon
a punctuation mark (:) used after a word introducing a series or an example or an explanation (or after the salutation of a business letter)
comma
a punctuation mark (,) used to indicate the separation of elements within the grammatical structure of a sentence
exclamation mark, exclamation point
a punctuation mark (!) used after an exclamation
dash, hyphen
a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
parenthesis
either of two punctuation marks (or) used to enclose textual material
full point, full stop, period, point, stop
a punctuation mark (.) placed at the end of a declarative sentence to indicate a full stop or after abbreviations
interrogation point, question mark
a punctuation mark (?) placed at the end of a sentence to indicate a question
inverted comma, quotation mark, quote
a punctuation mark used to attribute the enclosed text to someone else
semicolon
a punctuation mark (`;') used to connect independent clauses; indicates a closer relation than does a period
diagonal, separatrix, slash, solidus, stroke, virgule
a punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information
swung dash
a punctuation mark used in text to indicate the omission of a word
Type of:
printed symbol, written symbol
a written or printed symbol

n a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)

“she made good marks in algebra”
Synonyms:
grade, score
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grade point
a numerical value assigned to a letter grade received in a course taken at a college or university multiplied by the number of credit hours awarded for the course
centile, percentile
(statistics) any of the 99 numbered points that divide an ordered set of scores into 100 parts each of which contains one-hundredth of the total
decile
(statistics) any of nine points that divided a distribution of ranked scores into equal intervals where each interval contains one-tenth of the scores
quartile
(statistics) any of three points that divide an ordered distribution into four parts each containing one quarter of the scores
Type of:
evaluation, rating, valuation
an appraisal of the value of something

n a visible indication made on a surface

“some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks
Synonyms:
print
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fingerprint
a print made by an impression of the ridges in the skin of a finger; often used for biometric identification in criminal investigations
footmark, footprint, step
a mark of a foot or shoe on a surface
trace
a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle
mintmark
a mark on a coin that identifies the mint where it was produced
stroke
a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush
hoof mark, hoof-mark, hoofprint
a visible impression on a surface made by the hoof of an animal
line
a mark that is long relative to its width
line
in games or sports; a mark indicating positions or bounds of the playing area
cross hair, cross wire
either of two fine mutually perpendicular lines that cross in the focus plane of an optical instrument and are use for sighting or calibration
loop
the basic pattern of the human fingerprint
thumbprint
fingerprint made by the thumb (especially by the pad of the thumb)
footprint evidence
evidence in the form of footprints
downstroke
a stroke normally made in a downward direction
upstroke
a stroke normally made in an upward direction
flick
a short stroke
dotted line
a line made up of dots or dashes; often used to indicate where you are supposed to sign a contract
ascender
(printing) the part of tall lowercase letters that extends above the other lowercase letters
bar line
a vertical line before the accented beat marking the boundary between musical bars
descender
(printing) the part of lowercase letters that extends below the other lowercase letters
curlicue, squiggle
a short twisting line
spectrum line
an isolated component of a spectrum formed by radiation at a uniform frequency
trend line
a line on a graph indicating a statistical trend
underline, underscore
a line drawn underneath (especially under written matter)
isometric, isometric line
a line connecting isometric points
graduation
a line (as on a vessel or ruler) that marks a measurement
guideline
a light line that is used in lettering to help align the letters
hairline
a very thin line
shaft
a line that forms the length of an arrow pointer
serif, seriph
a short line at the end of the main strokes of a character
staff line
any of the 5 horizontal marks comprising a staff
ledger line, leger line
a short line; a notation for extending the range above or below the staff
balkline, baulk-line, string line
line across a billiard table behind which the cue balls are placed at the start of a game
finish line, finishing line
a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
foul line
lines through 1st and 3rd base indicating the boundaries of a baseball field
foul line
a line across a bowling alley that a bowler must not cross
foul line
a line from which basketball players take penalty shots
baseline
the lines a baseball player must follow while running the bases
goal line
a line marking each end of the playing field or pitch; where the goals stand
red line
a line that is colored red and that bisects an ice hockey rink
line of scrimmage, scrimmage line
line parallel to the goal lines where football linesmen line up at the start of each play in American football
baseline, service line
the back line bounding each end of a tennis or handball court; when serving the server must not step over this line
out of bounds, sideline
a line that marks the side boundary of a playing field
scratch, scratch line, start, starting line
a line indicating the location of the start of a race or a game
yard line
in football; line parallel to the goal lines indicating position on the field
Type of:
indicant, indication
something that serves to indicate or suggest

n a marking that consists of lines that cross each other

Synonyms:
crisscross, cross
Type of:
marking
a pattern of marks

n an indication of damage

Synonyms:
scar, scrape, scratch
Type of:
blemish, defect, mar
a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

v make or leave a mark on

“the scouts marked the trail”
“ash marked the believers' foreheads”
Synonyms:
label, tag
attach a tag or label to
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dot
mark with a dot
stigmatise, stigmatize
mark with a stigma or stigmata
raddle
mark or paint with raddle
striate
mark with striae or striations
ink
mark, coat, cover, or stain with ink
dimple
mark with, or as if with, dimples
spot
mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition
crisscross
mark with a pattern of crossing lines
asterisk, star
mark with an asterisk
flag
provide with a flag
tip
mark with a tip
underline, underscore
draw a line or lines underneath to call attention to
stripe
mark with stripes
speck
produce specks in or on
bespot
mark with, or as if with, spots
delineate, describe, draw, line, trace
make a mark or lines on a surface
post, stake
mark with a stake
brand
burn with a branding iron to indicate ownership; of animals
freckle
mark with freckles
cloud, dapple, mottle
color with streaks or blotches of different shades
construct
draw with suitable instruments and under specified conditions
inscribe
draw within a figure so as to touch in as many places as possible
circumscribe
draw a line around
circumscribe
to draw a geometric figure around another figure so that the two are in contact but do not intersect
write
mark or trace on a surface
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v designate as if by a mark

“This sign marks the border”
Synonyms:
differentiate, distinguish
be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense
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blaze
indicate by marking trees with blazes
dimension
indicate the dimensions on
signpost
mark with a signpost, as of a path
distinguish, signalise, signalize
make conspicuous or noteworthy
buoy
mark with a buoy
singularise, singularize
distinguish as singular
Type of:
bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal
be a signal for or a symptom of

v put a check mark on or near or next to

mark off the units”
Synonyms:
check, check off, mark off, tick, tick off
check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, go over, look into, suss out
examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition
ascertain, assure, check, control, ensure, insure, see, see to it
be careful or certain to do something; make certain of something
Types:
receipt
mark or stamp as paid
Type of:
verify
confirm the truth of

v remove from a list

Synonyms:
cross off, cross out, strike off, strike out
Type of:
take away, take out
take out or remove

v assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation

mark homework”
Synonyms:
grade, score
Type of:
appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value
evaluate or estimate the nature, quality, ability, extent, or significance of

v insert punctuation marks into

Synonyms:
punctuate
Types:
quote
put quote marks around
Type of:
add
make an addition (to); join or combine or unite with others; increase the quality, quantity, size or scope of

v attach a tag or label to

Synonyms:
label, tag
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brand, brandmark, trademark
mark with a brand or trademark
point
mark (a psalm text) to indicate the points at which the music changes
point
mark with diacritics
point
mark (Hebrew words) with diacritics
calibrate
mark (the scale of a measuring instrument) so that it can be read in the desired units
code
attach a code to
badge
put a badge on
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v mark with a scar

Synonyms:
pit, pock, scar
nock, score
make small marks into the surface of
Types:
pockmark
mark with or as if with pockmarks
cicatrise, cicatrize
form a scar, after an injury
Type of:
blemish, deface, disfigure
mar or spoil the appearance of

v make small marks into the surface of

Synonyms:
nock, score
pit, pock, scar
mark with a scar
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scarify
scratch the surface of
scotch
make a small cut or score into
scribe
score a line on with a pointed instrument, as in metalworking
line
mark with lines
reline
put new lines on
hatch
draw, cut, or engrave lines, usually parallel, on metal, wood, or paper
crisscross
mark with or consist of a pattern of crossed lines
Type of:
notch
cut or make a notch into

v make underscoring marks

Synonyms:
score
Types:
cancel, invalidate
make invalid for use
Type of:
enter, put down, record
make a record of; set down in permanent form
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n a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)

Synonyms:
sign
Types:
token
something serving as a sign of something else
Type of:
clew, clue, cue
evidence that helps to solve a problem

n 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”
Type of:
effect, impression
an outward appearance

n a symbol of disgrace or infamy

“"And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis”
Synonyms:
brand, stain, stigma
Types:
demerit
a mark against a person for misconduct or failure; usually given in school or armed forces
bar sinister, bend sinister
a mark of bastardy; lines from top right to bottom left
cloven foot, cloven hoof
the mark of Satan
Type of:
symbol
an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance

v notice or perceive

mark my words”
Synonyms:
note, notice
Antonyms:
ignore
fail to notice
Types:
take notice
observe with special attention

v mark by some ceremony or observation

“The citizens mark the anniversary of the revolution with a march and a parade”
Synonyms:
commemorate
Type of:
celebrate, keep, observe
behave as expected during of holidays or rites

v be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense

Synonyms:
differentiate, distinguish
Types:
characterise, characterize
be characteristic of
individuate
give individual character to
define
determine the nature of
Type of:
characterise, characterize, qualify
describe or portray the character or the qualities or peculiarities of

v establish as the highest level or best performance

Synonyms:
set
Type of:
establish, lay down, make
institute, enact, or establish

v to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful

Synonyms:
brand, denounce, stigmatise, stigmatize
Type of:
label
assign a label to; designate with a label
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n something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal

“hit the mark
Synonyms:
bell ringer, bull's eye, home run
Type of:
success
an attainment that is successful

n a reference point to shoot at

“his arrow hit the mark
Synonyms:
target
Types:
clout
a target used in archery
drogue
a funnel-shaped device towed as a target by an airplane
Type of:
point of reference, reference, reference point
an indicator that orients you generally

n a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of

Synonyms:
chump, fall guy, fool, gull, mug, patsy, soft touch, sucker
Type of:
dupe, victim
a person who is tricked or swindled
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n formerly the basic unit of money in Germany

Synonyms:
Deutsche Mark, Deutschmark, German mark
Type of:
German monetary unit
monetary unit in Germany

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