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English noun: mark

1. mark (cognition) a number or letter indicating quality (especially of a student's performance)

SamplesShe made good marks in algebra.
Grade A milk.
What was your score on your homework?.

Synonymsgrade, score

Broader (hypernym)evaluation, rating, valuation

Narrower (hyponym)centile, decile, grade point, percentile, quartile

2. mark (communication) a distinguishing symbol

SamplesThe owner's mark was on all the sheep.

Synonymsmarker, marking

Broader (hypernym)symbol

Narrower (hyponym)assay-mark, authentication, brand, broad arrow, cairn, earmark, hallmark, label, milepost, milestone, peg, pin, pip, postmark, spot, trademark, watermark

3. mark (communication) a reference point to shoot at

SamplesHis arrow hit the mark.


Broader (hypernym)point of reference, reference, reference point

Narrower (hyponym)clout, drogue

Part holonymbull, bull's eye

4. mark (communication) a visible indication made on a surface

SamplesSome previous reader had covered the pages with dozens of marks.
Paw prints were everywhere.


Broader (hypernym)indicant, indication

Narrower (hyponym)fingerprint, footmark, footprint, hoof mark, hoof-mark, hoofprint, line, line, mintmark, step, stroke, trace

5. mark (attribute) the impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember

SamplesIt was in London that he made his mark.
He left an indelible mark on the American theater.

Broader (hypernym)effect, impression

6. mark (communication) a symbol of disgrace or infamy

SamplesAnd the Lord set a mark upon Cain.

Synonymsbrand, stain, stigma

Broader (hypernym)symbol

Narrower (hyponym)bar sinister, bend sinister, cloven foot, cloven hoof, demerit

7. mark (quantity) formerly the basic unit of money in Germany

SynonymsDeutsche Mark, Deutschmark, German mark

Broader (hypernym)German monetary unit

Part holonympfennig

8. Mark (person) Apostle and companion of Saint Peter; assumed to be the author of the second Gospel

SynonymsSaint Mark, St. Mark

Instance hypernymApostelic Father, Apostle, Evangelist, saint

9. mark (person) a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of

Synonymschump, fall guy, fool, gull, mug, patsy, soft touch, sucker

Broader (hypernym)dupe, victim

10. mark (communication) a written or printed symbol (as for punctuation)

SamplesHis answer was just a punctuation mark.

Broader (hypernym)printed symbol, written symbol

Narrower (hyponym)arrow, broad arrow, call mark, call number, caret, check, check mark, diacritic, diacritical mark, ditto, ditto mark, dollar mark, dollar sign, head, point, pointer, pressmark, punctuation, punctuation mark, tick

11. mark (communication) a perceptible indication of something not immediately apparent (as a visible clue that something has happened)

SamplesHe showed signs of strain.
They welcomed the signs of spring.


Broader (hypernym)clew, clue, cue

Narrower (hyponym)token

12. Mark (communication) the shortest of the four Gospels in the New Testament

SynonymsGospel According to Mark

Instance hypernymbook, evangel, Gospel, Gospels

Part meronymNew Testament

13. mark (attribute) an indication of damage

Synonymsscar, scrape, scratch

Broader (hypernym)blemish, defect, mar

14. mark (attribute) a marking that consists of lines that cross each other

Synonymscrisscross, cross

Broader (hypernym)marking

15. mark (act) something that exactly succeeds in achieving its goal

SamplesThe new advertising campaign was a bell ringer.
Scored a bull's eye.
Hit the mark.
The president's speech was a home run.

Synonymsbell ringer, bull's eye, home run

Broader (hypernym)success

Domain usagefigure, figure of speech, image, trope

English verb: mark

1. mark (contact) attach a tag or label to

SamplesLabel these bottles.

Synonymslabel, tag

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something with something

Broader (hypernym)attach

Narrower (hyponym)badge, brand, brandmark, calibrate, code, point, point, point, trademark

Verb groupmark

2. mark (communication) designate as if by a mark

SamplesThis sign marks the border.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, betoken, indicate, point, signal

Narrower (hyponym)blaze, buoy, dimension, distinguish, signalise, signalize, signpost

Verb groupdifferentiate, distinguish, mark

3. mark (cognition) be a distinctive feature, attribute, or trait; sometimes in a very positive sense

SamplesHis modesty distinguishes him from his peers.

Synonymsdifferentiate, distinguish

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)characterise, characterize, qualify

Narrower (hyponym)characterise, characterize

Verb groupmark

4. mark (cognition) mark by some ceremony or observation

SamplesThe citizens mark the anniversary of the revolution with a march and a parade.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)celebrate, keep, observe

5. mark (change) make or leave a mark on

SamplesThe scouts marked the trail.
Ash marked the believers' foreheads.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)asterisk, bespot, brand, crisscross, delineate, describe, dimple, dot, draw, flag, ink, line, post, raddle, speck, spot, stake, star, stigmatise, stigmatize, striate, stripe, tip, trace, underline, underscore

Verb grouplabel, mark, tag

6. mark (social) to accuse or condemn or openly or formally or brand as disgraceful

SamplesHe denounced the government action.
She was stigmatized by society because she had a child out of wedlock.

Synonymsbrand, denounce, stigmatise, stigmatize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)label

7. mark (perception) notice or perceive

SamplesShe noted that someone was following her.
Mark my words.

Synonymsnote, notice

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)take notice

Entailcomprehend, perceive


8. mark (contact) mark with a scar

SamplesThe skin disease scarred his face permanently.

Synonymspit, pock, scar

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)blemish, deface, disfigure

Narrower (hyponym)cicatrise, cicatrize, pockmark


Verb groupmark, nock, score

9. mark (contact) make small marks into the surface of

SamplesScore the clay before firing it.

Synonymsnock, score

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)notch

Narrower (hyponym)line, scarify, scotch, scribe

Verb groupmark, pit, pock, scar

10. mark (communication) establish as the highest level or best performance

SamplesSet a record.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)establish, lay down, make

11. mark (communication) make underscoring marks


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)enter, put down, record

Narrower (hyponym)cancel, invalidate

12. mark (communication) remove from a list

SamplesCross the name of the dead person off the list.

Synonymscross off, cross out, strike off, strike out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)take away, take out

13. mark (cognition) put a check mark on or near or next to

SamplesPlease check each name on the list.
Tick off the items.
Mark off the units.

Synonymscheck, check off, mark off, tick, tick off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)verify

Narrower (hyponym)receipt

Verb groupascertain, assure, check, check, check into, check out, check over, check up on, control, ensure, go over, insure, look into, see, see to it, suss out

14. mark (cognition) assign a grade or rank to, according to one's evaluation

SamplesGrade tests.
Score the SAT essays.
Mark homework.

Synonymsgrade, score

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)appraise, assess, evaluate, measure, valuate, value

15. mark (change) insert punctuation marks into


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)add

Narrower (hyponym)quote

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