ADJ. dirty, grease, greasy, grubby | visible | distinguishing, identifying Does he have any distinguishing marks? | chalk, pencil | bite, burn, claw, finger (also fingermark), scorch, scratch, scuff, skid, stretch, tyre
VERB + MARK get How did you get that mark on your shirt? | leave, make The dirty water left a mark round the side of the bath. | get off/out, remove I can't get the children's dirty fingermarks off the wall.
MARK + VERB come off/out These greasy marks just won't come out.
PREP. ~ on There were grubby marks on the wall.
2 sign of a quality/feeling
ADJ. deep, indelible, permanent The experience left a deep mark on her memory. | real the real mark of a master craftsman
VERB + MARK bear, have | leave
PREP. ~ of Such thoughtful behaviour is the mark of a true gentleman.
PHRASES as a mark of respect
3 used to show the standard of sb's work
ADJ. good, high | bad, low, poor | full I got full marks for my homework. | top | pass What's the pass mark in maths? | total | average
VERB + MARK get | give sb | take off She took off a mark for bad handwriting. | gain | lose
PREP. above … ~s, below … ~s If you get below 40 marks, you're not allowed to go up into the next class. | ~ for You get two marks for each correct answer. a good mark for geography | ~ out of How many marks out of ten would you give it?
4 level of sth
ADJ. halfway We've reached the halfway mark in the show. | high-water, low-water, tide
VERB + MARK set | reach | pass This year's sales figures have already passed the mark set last year. | fall short of
PREP. above the ~, around the ~ around the £500 mark | at a/the ~ The river was at its low-water mark. | below the ~, up to the ~ (= as good as sb/sth should be) Your grammar is not quite up to the mark.
VERB + MARK find, hit The shot found its mark. | miss
PHRASES wide of the mark (figurative) Shock tactics often fall wide of their mark.
1 write/draw sth
ADV. clearly My room was clearly marked on the plan. | carefully She carefully marked where the screws were to go. | indelibly One way of protecting your valuables is to mark them indelibly with an identifying code.
PREP. as Certain words were marked as important. | for Some of the crates were marked for export. | in Mark the position of all the building sites in black. | on All buildings are marked on the map. | with The boundary was marked with a dotted line.
2 spoil/damage sth
ADV. badly, deeply The paperweight had fallen onto the desk, badly marking the surface. (figurative) The town is still deeply marked by the folk memory of the Depression.
3 be a sign of sth
ADV. effectively | conveniently ‘Lyrical Ballads’ conveniently marks the beginning of nineteenth-century poetry. | publicly The wedding ceremony publicly marks the beginning of commitment to another through marriage.
VERB + MARK appear to, seem to This speech appears to mark a change in government policy.