A mark is a small area of something such as dirt that has accidentally got onto a surface or piece of clothing.
The dogs are always rubbing against the wall and making dirty marks...
A properly fitting bra should never leave red marks.
If something marks a surface, or if the surface marks, the surface is damaged by marks or a mark.
Leather overshoes were put on the horses' hooves to stop them marking the turf...
I have to be more careful with the work tops, as wood marks easily.
A mark is a written or printed symbol, for example a letter of the alphabet.
He made marks with a pencil.
If you mark something with a particular word or symbol, you write that word or symbol on it.
The bank marks the check 'certified'...
Mark the frame with your postcode...
A mark is a point that is given for a correct answer or for doing something well in an exam or competition. A mark can also be a written symbol such as a letter that indicates how good a student's or competitor's work or performance is.
...a simple scoring device of marks out of 10, where '1' equates to 'Very poor performance'...
Candidates who answered 'b' could be awarded half marks for demonstrating some understanding of the process...
If someone gets good or high marks for doing something, they have done it well. If they get poor or low marks, they have done it badly.
You have to give her top marks for moral guts...
His administration has earned low marks for its economic policies.
When a teacher marks a student's work, the teacher decides how good it is and writes a number or letter on it to indicate this opinion.
He was marking essays in his small study.
A particular mark is a particular number, point, or stage which has been reached or might be reached, especially a significant one.
Unemployment is rapidly approaching the one million mark.
The mark of something is the characteristic feature that enables you to recognize it.
The mark of a civilized society is that it looks after its weakest members.
If you say that a type of behaviour or an event is a mark of a particular quality, feeling, or situation, you mean it shows that that quality, feeling, or situation exists.
It was a mark of his unfamiliarity with Hollywood that he didn't understand that an agent was paid out of his client's share...
Shopkeepers closed their shutters as a mark of respect.
If something marks a place or position, it shows where something else is or where it used to be.
A huge crater marks the spot where the explosion happened.
...the river which marks the border with Thailand.
An event that marks a particular stage or point is a sign that something different is about to happen.
The announcement marks the end of an extraordinary period in European history...
That programme received critical acclaim and marked a turning point in Sonita's career.
If you do something to mark an event or occasion, you do it to show that you are aware of the importance of the event or occasion.
The four new stamps mark the 100th anniversary of the British Astronomical Association...
Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets to mark the occasion.
If a particular quality or feature marks something, it is a quality or feature which that thing typically has.
Tragedy has marked Wilmette's life...
The style is marked by simplicity, clarity, and candor.
Something that marks someone as a particular type of person indicates that they are that type of person.
Her opposition to abortion and feminism mark her as a convinced traditionalist.
In a team game, when a defender is marking an attacker, they are trying to stay close to the attacker and prevent them from getting the ball.
...Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, who so effectively marked Michael Owen.
The mark was the unit of money used in Germany before it was replaced by the euro.
The government gave 30 million marks for new school books.
Mark is used before a number to indicate a particular temperature level in a gas oven.
Set the oven at gas mark 4.
Mark is used before a number to indicate a particular version or model of a vehicle, machine, or device.
...his Mark II Ford Cortina.
If someone or something leaves their mark or leaves a mark, they have a lasting effect on another person or thing.
Years of conditioning had left their mark on her, and she never felt inclined to talk to strange men.
If you make your mark or make a mark, you become noticed or famous by doing something impressive or unusual.
She made her mark in the film industry in the 1960s.
If you are quick off the mark, you are quick to understand or respond to something. If you are slow off the mark, you are slow to understand or respond to something.
On your marks in British English, or on your mark in American English, is a command given to runners at the beginning of a race in order to get them into the correct position to start.
On your marks—get set—go!
If something is off the mark, it is inaccurate or incorrect. If it is on the mark, it is accurate or correct.
Robinson didn't think the story was so far off the mark...
He's right on the mark about movies being out of step with American culture.
If something is up to the mark, it is good enough.
The workers get rid of those whose work is not up to the mark.
If something such as a claim or estimate is wide of the mark, it is incorrect or inaccurate.
That comparison isn't as wide of the mark as it seems.
You can say mark you to emphasize and draw attention to something you have just said.
We're not extremists, mark you.
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?"
2. a distinguishing symbol;"the owner's mark was on all the sheep"
3. a reference point to shoot at;"his arrow hit the mark"
4. a visible indication made on a surface;"some previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks""paw prints were everywhere"
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
7. formerly the basic unit of money in Germany
8. a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
9. a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation);"his answer was just a punctuation mark"
10. 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"
11. an indication of damage
12. marking consisting of crossing lines
13. 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"
1. attach a tag or label to;"label these bottles"
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"
4. mark by some ceremony or observation;"We marked the anniversary of his death"
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"
7. notice or perceive;"She noted that someone was following her""mark my words"
8. mark with a scar;"The skin disease scarred his face permanently"
9. make small marks into the surface of;"score the clay before firing it"
10. establish as the highest level or best performance;"set a record"
11. make underscoring marks
12. remove from a list;"Cross the name of the dead person off the list"
13. put a check mark on or next to;"Please check each name on the list""tick off the items"
14. assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation;"grade tests""score the SAT essays""mark homework"
15. insert punctuation marks into