Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "marked" []

  • Having one or more distinguishing marks. (adjective)
  • Clearly defined and evident; noticeable: has a marked limp. See Synonyms at noticeable. (adjective)
  • Singled out, especially for a dire fate: a marked man. (adjective)
  • Linguistics Of or relating to that member of a pair of words or forms that explicitly denotes a particular subset of the meanings denoted by the other member of the pair. For example, of the two words lion and lioness, lion is unmarked for gender (it can denote either a male or female) whereas lioness is marked, since it denotes only females. (adjective)
  • Linguistics Explicitly characterized by or having a particular linguistic feature. For example, girls is marked for plural in English, whereas sheep is not. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "marked" in a sentence
  • "The tape, too, was fixed with a label marked with initials and a date matching the ones on the box."
  • "After nearly two years of writing this blog and almost 200 posts Christopher Hitchens' has been referred to only five times click on the label marked 'The Hitch' for the evidence."
  • "The title marked distrust for the tycoons and the new freedom that spawned them, as liberty blurred into anarchy, crime soared and many Russians sought security in the icy paternalism of President Vladimir Putin."