mark Definition

  • 1a small area on a surface having a different color from its surroundings, typically one caused by accident or damage
  • 2a line, figure, or symbol made as an indication or record of something
  • 3a level or stage that is considered significant

Using mark: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "mark" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    There was a mark on the wall where the picture had been.

  • Example

    He put a mark next to each name on the list.

  • Example

    This discovery represents a major mark in the field of science.

mark Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using mark

  • used to emphasize that what one is saying is true and will happen


    Mark my words, he will regret his decision.

  • to have a significant impact on something


    Her research has made a mark on the field of medicine.

  • incorrect or inaccurate


    His estimate was way off the mark.

Phrases with mark

  • make one's mark

    to become successful or famous


    She has certainly made her mark in the world of business.

  • to be accurate or correct


    Your analysis really hit the mark. It was exactly what we needed.

  • to have a lasting effect or influence


    His time as CEO has left a mark on the company that will be felt for years to come.

Origins of mark

from Old English 'mearc', meaning 'boundary'


Summary: mark in Brief

The word 'mark' [mɑːk] refers to a small area on a surface with a different color, a line or symbol indicating something, or a significant level or stage. It can also mean to become successful ('make one's mark'), to be accurate ('hit the mark'), or to have a lasting effect ('leave a mark'). Idioms include 'mark my words,' emphasizing truth, and 'off the mark,' meaning incorrect.

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