Topic: SPORT

Language: Old English
Origin: mearcian


2 verb
mark2 S3 W2

write on something

[transitive] to write or draw on something, so that someone will notice what you have written:
I've marked the pages you need to look at.
mark something with something
When you're done, put your sheet in the envelope marked with your name.
mark something on something
Peter marked his name on the first page.
mark something personal/fragile/urgent etc
a document marked 'confidential'
mark somebody present/absent (=write on an official list that someone is there or not there, especially in school)
Any student who is more than 20 minutes late for class will be marked absent.
All school uniform should be clearly marked with the child's name.


[intransitive and transitive] to make a mark on something in a way that spoils its appearance or damages it, or to become spoiled in this way:
Take off your shoes so you don't mark the floor.
The disease had marked her face for life.
The table marks easily, so please be careful.


[transitive] to celebrate an important event:
celebrations to mark Australia Day
mark something with something
Carter's 90th birthday will be marked with a large party at the Savoy Hotel.
Mrs Lawson was presented with a gold watch to mark the occasion.

show position

[transitive] to show where something is:
A simple wooden cross marked her grave.
He had marked the route on the map in red.
mark something with something
Troop positions were marked with colored pins.
She placed a bookmark between the pages to mark her place.


[transitive] if a particular year, month, or week marks an important event, the event happened on that date during a previous year:
This week marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Priestley.

show a change

[transitive] to be a sign of an important change or an important stage in the development of something:
Her latest novel marks a turning point in her development as a writer.
The move seemed to mark a major change in government policy.
These elections mark the end of an era.


[transitive usually passive] if something is marked by a particular quality or feature, it is a typical or important part of that thing [= characterize]:
The villages of East Anglia are marked by beautiful churches with fine towers.

student's work

[transitive] especially British English to read a piece of written work and put a number or letter on it to show how good it is [= grade American English]
I've got a pile of exam papers to mark.


[transitive] especially British EnglishDS to stay close to a player of the opposite team during a game [= guard American English]

be marking time

to spend time not doing very much except waiting for something else to happen:
I was just marking time until a better job came up.

mark time

PM if soldiers mark time, they move their legs as if they were marching, but remain in the same place

(you) mark my words!

spoken used to tell someone that they should pay attention to what you are saying:
They're going to regret firing me, you mark my words.

mark you

British English old-fashioned used to emphasize something you say [= mind you]:
Her uncle's just given her a car - given, mark you, not lent.

mark somebody/something ↔ down

phrasal verb
1 to write something down, especially in order to keep a record:
Mark down everything you eat on your daily chart.
mark somebody/something down as something
The teacher marked him down as absent.
2 to reduce the price of something [≠ mark up; ↪ markdown]:
Winter coats have been marked down from $80 to $50.
3 especially British English to give a student a lower result in a test, paper etc because they have made mistakes:
Students will be marked down for failing to follow directions.

mark somebody/something down as something

phrasal verb
British English to consider someone or something to be a particular type of person or thing:
When I first saw Gilbert play I marked him down as a future England player.

mark somebody/something ↔ off

phrasal verb
1 to make an area separate by drawing a line around it, putting a rope around it etc:
The competitors' arena had been marked off with cones.
2 to make a mark on a list to show that something has been done or completed [= tick off, check off]:
Mark off each of the names on the list as I call them out.
3 British English to make something or someone different from other things or people of a similar type [= distinguish]
mark somebody/something ↔ off from
Sara's natural flair for languages marked her off from the other students.

mark somebody/something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1 to show the shape or position of something by drawing lines around it:
A volleyball court had been marked out on the grass.
2 British English to make someone or something seem very different from or better than other similar people or things
mark somebody/something out as something
His stunning victory marked him out as the very best horse of his era.
mark somebody out for something
She seemed marked out for success.

mark something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1BBT to increase the price of something, so that you sell it for more than you paid for it [≠ mark down]:
Compact discs may be marked up as much as 80%.
2 to write notes or instructions for changes on a piece of writing, music etc:
I have to mark up the pages and send them back to the printer.

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