Meaning of MARK in English



1. a mark on something that spoils its appearance

2. to make a mark

3. a mark on someone’s skin

4. a mark made by a particular person, thing, or animal


a mark in a test or exam : ↑ GRADE

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1. a mark on something that spoils its appearance

▷ mark /mɑːʳk/ [countable noun]

a spot or line on clothes, furniture, a wall, or floor etc, for example where it has been damaged, made dirty, or where someone has dropped liquid on it :

▪ There are marks on the door where the cat has scratched it.

make a mark

▪ Hot cups of tea can make marks on polished tables.

dirty/greasy/sticky mark

▪ How did you get that dirty mark on your T-shirt?

dirt/grease/pencil mark

▪ His shoes had left dirt marks across the carpet.

▷ stain /steɪn/ [countable noun]

a large mark that is difficult to remove, made when a liquid such as coffee or wine falls onto something :

▪ I can’t get this stain out of the carpet.

grass/coffee/wine/blood stain

▪ Salt is the best cure for a red wine stain.

stained [adjective]

with a stain on it :

▪ She pushed the crumpled, stained sheets into the washing-machine.

stain with

▪ His clothes were torn and stained with blood.

▷ spot /spɒtǁspɑːt/ [countable noun]

a small round area on a surface, which is of a different colour from the rest of the surface and is made especially by drops of liquid :

spot of

▪ Detectives found a few spots of blood on the carpet.

ink/paint/oil spots

▪ The letter was covered in small ink spots, as though his hand had been shaking as he wrote it.

▷ patch /pætʃ/ [countable noun] especially British

an area where dirt, water, oil etc has made a mark on a floor, wall, or ceiling :

greasy/dirty/damp patch

▪ There’s a damp patch under the window.

patch of dirt/damp/grease

▪ Patches of grease covered the kitchen walls.

▷ smudge /smʌdʒ/ [countable noun]

a dirty mark made when ink or paint is accidentally rubbed on a surface :

▪ You can’t hand your homework in with those smudges all over it.

smudge of

▪ Ella had a smudge of green paint on her cheek.

2. to make a mark

▷ stain /steɪn/ [transitive verb]

to make a large mark on something, which is difficult to remove :

▪ The blackberry juice had stained their clothes and fingers.

▪ She hoped the blood from the cut on her arm would not stain her blouse.

▷ mark /mɑːʳk/ [transitive verb]

to damage the surface of something by making a mark on it :

▪ Put the lid on your pen so it doesn’t mark the tablecloth.

▷ leave a mark/leave a stain /ˌliːv ə ˈmɑːʳk, ˌliːv ə ˈsteɪn/ [verb phrase]

to make a mark or stain on something, often without realizing you have done this :

leave a mark/leave a stain on

▪ The children walked through the kitchen in their boots, leaving muddy marks on the floor.

▪ Builders’ sand leaves an orange stain on paths.

3. a mark on someone’s skin

▷ mark /mɑːʳk/ [countable noun]

a small area of skin that is a different colour from the rest of someone’s skin :

▪ He had two little marks on his face where his glasses had been.

▪ She squeezed me so hard, she left a mark on my arm.

▷ pimple also spot British /zit informal /ˈpɪmp ə l, spɒtǁspɑːt, zɪt/ [countable noun]

a small raised red mark, especially on someone’s face, that appears suddenly and remains for a short time, often on young people :

▪ He had a large red pimple on his nose.

▪ When she was younger she had lovely skin, except for the occasional spot.

▪ I can’t go out tonight with this zit on my face!

come out in spots

▪ Call the doctor if you come out in spots or rashes.

pimply American spotty British [adjective]

covered in pimples :

▪ a youth with a pale pimply face

▪ She came up in a spotty irritating rash.

▷ freckle /ˈfrek ə l/ [countable noun]

a very small, light-brown mark, usually on the face and arms, which some light-skinned people have from birth or get when they spend time in the sun :

▪ Sarah had freckles and red hair.

freckled [adjective]

covered in freckles :

▪ The little boys were freckled and fair-haired.

▪ Her sleeves were rolled up, showing her strong, freckled arms.

▷ scar /skɑːʳ/ [countable noun]

a permanent mark left after a cut or wound has become healthy again :

▪ He had a scar across his forehead from hitting his head on the bottom of a swimming pool.

leave a scar

▪ They say the wound’s quite deep, and will probably leave a scar.

scarred [adjective]

skin that is scarred has a scar or scars on it :

▪ He had black hair and a scarred face.

▪ He was scarred from a bullet during the war.

▷ bruise /bruːz/ [countable noun]

a purple or brown mark on your skin that you get because you have fallen, been hit etc :

▪ How did you get that bruise on your shoulder?

▪ I banged into the shelf so hard that I got an ugly purple bruise on my hip.

bruised [adjective]

covered by a bruise :

▪ a bruised wrist

▷ blotch /blɒtʃǁblɑːtʃ/ [countable noun]

a large coloured mark caused by illness :

▪ He had no idea what was causing the red blotches on his skin.

▪ I first noticed the purple blotches on my neck on Thursday.

blotchy [adjective]

▪ Her face was all blotchy and her hair was a mess.

▷ blemish /ˈblemɪʃ/ [countable noun]

a small mark that spoils the appearance of someone’s skin :

▪ Her skin was perfect -- not a blemish on it.

▷ birthmark /ˈbɜːʳθmɑːʳk/ [countable noun]

a mark, usually red or brown, which is on someone’s skin when they are born and remains there all their life :

▪ The police identified the girl from a birthmark on her leg.

4. a mark made by a particular person, thing, or animal

▷ mark /mɑːʳk/ [countable noun]

▪ There are marks on the tarmac where the car left the road.

finger/tyre/claw marks

▪ I don’t think the tractor came this way - there are no tyre marks in the mud.

▪ You could see the claw marks on his body where the animal had attacked.

▷ footprint /ˈfʊtprɪnt/ [countable noun usually plural]

a mark left on the ground by the foot of a person or animal :

▪ He ran into the hallway, leaving wet footprints behind him.

▪ The footprints in the yard were too big to be a dog’s.

▷ paw print /ˈpɔː prɪnt/ [countable noun]

a mark left by the foot of an animal such as a cat or dog :

▪ The dog had left muddy paw prints all across the kitchen floor.

▷ tracks /træks/ [plural noun]

a line of marks left on the ground by a moving animal, person or vehicle :

▪ We followed the wheel tracks across the field.

▪ The tracks, which looked like a fox’s, led directly into the forest.

▷ fingerprints/prints /ˈfɪŋgəʳprɪnts, prɪnts/ [plural noun]

the marks of a person’s fingers, which cannot usually be seen without using a special powder, used by police to catch criminals :

▪ The police were examining the doors and windows, looking for fingerprints.

▪ Her prints were identified on one of the glasses.

have your fingerprints taken

▪ I had my fingerprints taken when I applied for a work permit.

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