Meaning of MARK in English


I. ˈmärk noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mearc boundary, march, sign; akin to Old High German marha boundary, Latin margo

Date: before 12th century

1. : a boundary land



(1) : a conspicuous object serving as a guide for travelers

(2) : something (as a line, notch, or fixed object) designed to record position

b. : one of the bits of leather or colored bunting placed on a sounding line at intervals

c. : target

d. : the starting line or position in a track event


(1) : goal , object

(2) : an object of attack, ridicule, or abuse ; specifically : a victim or prospective victim of a swindle

(3) : the point under discussion

(4) : condition of being correct or accurate

her observations are on the mark

f. : a standard of performance, quality, or condition : norm

not feeling up to the mark lately



(1) : sign , indication

gave her the necklace as a mark of his esteem

(2) : an impression (as a scratch, scar, or stain) made on something

(3) : a distinguishing trait or quality : characteristic

the mark s of an educated person

b. : a symbol used for identification or indication of ownership

c. : a cross made in place of a signature


(1) : trademark

(2) capitalized — used with a numeral to designate a particular model of a weapon or machine

Mark II

e. : a written or printed symbol (as a comma or colon)

f. : postmark

g. : a symbol used to represent a teacher's estimate of a student's work or conduct ; especially : grade

h. : a figure registering a point or level reached or achieved

the halfway mark in the first period of play

especially : record


a. : attention , notice

nothing worthy of mark

b. : importance , distinction

stands out as a person of mark

c. : a lasting or strong impression

d. : an assessment of merits : rating

got high mark s for honesty

Synonyms: see sign

II. verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English mearcian; akin to Old High German marcōn to mark, determine the boundaries of, Old English mearc boundary

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb



(1) : to fix or trace out the bounds or limits of

(2) : to plot the course of : chart

b. : to set apart by or as if by a line or boundary — usually used with off



(1) : to designate as if by a mark

(2) : to make or leave a mark on

(3) : to furnish with natural marks

wings mark ed with white

(4) : to label so as to indicate price or quality

(5) : to make notations in or on


(1) : to make note of in writing : jot

mark ing the date in his journal

(2) : to indicate by a mark or symbol

mark an accent

(3) : register , record

(4) : to determine the value of by means of marks or symbols : grade

mark term papers


(1) : characterize , distinguish

the flamboyance that mark s her style

(2) : signalize

this year mark s our 50th anniversary

3. : to take notice of : observe

mark my words

4. : to pick up (one's golf ball) from a putting green and substitute a marker

intransitive verb

: to take careful notice

- mark time

III. noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English marc, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse mǫrk mark; akin to Old English mearc sign

Date: before 12th century

1. : any of various old European units of weight used especially for gold and silver ; especially : a unit equal to about eight ounces (248 grams)

2. : a unit of value:

a. : an old English unit equal to 13 s 4 d

b. : any one of various old Scandinavian or German units of value ; specifically : a unit and corresponding silver coin of the 16th century worth 1/2 taler


(1) : deutsche mark

(2) : the basic monetary unit of East Germany replaced in 1990 by the West German deutsche mark

d. : markka

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