a visible impression or trace on something, as a line, cut, dent, stain, or bruise:
a small mark on his arm.
a badge, brand, or other visible sign assumed or imposed:
a mark of his noble rank.
a symbol used in writing or printing:
a punctuation mark.
a sign, usually an X or cross, made instead of a signature by someone who does not know how or is unable to write his or her own name.
an affixed or impressed device, symbol, inscription, etc., serving to give information, identify, indicate origin or ownership, attest to character or comparative merit, or the like, as a trademark.
a sign, token, or indication:
to bow as a mark of respect.
a symbol used in rating conduct, proficiency, attainment, etc., as of pupils in a school:
good marks; bad marks.
something serving as an indication of position, as a landmark.
a recognized or required standard of quality, accomplishment, etc.; norm:
His dissertation was below the mark.
distinction or importance; repute; note:
a man of mark.
a distinctive trait or characteristic:
the usual marks of a gentleman.
(usually initial capital letter) U.S. Military. a designation for an item of military equipment in production, used in combination with a numeral to indicate the order of adoption, and often abbreviated:
a Mark-4 tank; an M-1 rifle.
an object aimed at; target:
to aim at the mark.
an object or end desired or striven for; goal.
Track. the starting line.
Boxing. the middle of the stomach.
Lawn Bowling. 1 (def 18).
Bowling. a strike or spare.
Nautical. any of the distinctively marked points on a deep-sea lead line, occurring at levels of 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15, 17, and 20 fathoms above the lead.
Compare (def 33).
a tract of land that may have been held in common by a primitive or early medieval community of peasants in Germany.
Archaic or History/Historical. a boundary; frontier.
verb (used with object)
to be a distinguishing feature of:
a day marked by rain.
to put a mark or marks on:
to mark each box with an X.
to give a grade for; put a grade on:
to mark the final exams.
to furnish with figures, signs, tags, etc., to indicate price, quality, brand name, or the like:
We marked all the books with prices.
to trace or form by or as if by marks (often followed by out):
to mark out a plan of attack.
to indicate or designate by or as if by marks:
to mark passages to be memorized.
to single out; destine (often followed by out):
to be marked out for promotion.
to record, as a score.
to make manifest:
to mark approval with a nod.
to give heed or attention to:
Mark my words!
to notice or observe:
to mark a change in the weather.
verb (used without object)
to take notice; give attention; consider.
mark down, to reduce the price of:
These towels have been marked down.
mark off, to mark the proper dimensions or boundaries of; separate:
We marked off the limits of our lot with stakes.
beside the mark, not pertinent; irrelevant.
bless / save the mark!, (used as an exclamation of disapproval, contempt, impatience, etc.)
Also, God bless/save the mark!
make one’s mark, to attain success or fame; achieve one’s ambition:
He set out to make his mark as a writer.
mark time. (def 55).
on your mark / marks!, (in calling the start of a race) take your places:
On your mark! Get set! Go!
Also, get ready! ready!
wide of the mark, far from the target or objective; inaccurate or irrelevant:
My first guess was wide of the mark.
[red-ee] /ˈrɛd i/
adjective, readier, readiest.
completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use:
troops ready for battle; Dinner is ready.
duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose:
The mechanic called to say that the car is ready.
ready to forgive.
prompt or quick in perceiving, comprehending, speaking, writing, etc.
proceeding from or showing such quickness:
a ready reply.
prompt or quick in action, performance, manifestation, etc.:
a keen mind and ready wit.
inclined; disposed; apt:
too ready to criticize others.
in such a condition as to be imminent; likely at any moment:
a tree ready to fall.
immediately available for use:
a ready source of cash.
pertaining to prompt payment.
present or convenient:
to lie ready to one’s hand.
verb (used with object), readied, readying.
to make ready; prepare.
the state or condition of being ready.
Informal. ; cash.
(used in calling the start of a race to indicate that racers should be prepared to start):
Ready! Set! Go!
at the ready, in a condition of readiness, available for immediate use:
shoppers with their umbrellas at the ready; soldiers keeping their weapons at the ready.
get ready!, (in calling the start of a race) be prepared to start:
Get ready! Get set! Go!
ready up, British and Australian Slang. to swindle.
a visible impression, stain, etc, on a surface, such as a spot or scratch
a sign, symbol, or other indication that distinguishes something: an owner’s mark
a cross or other symbol made instead of a signature
a written or printed sign or symbol, as for punctuation: a question mark
a letter, number, or percentage used to grade academic work
a thing that indicates position or directs; marker
a desired or recognized standard: he is not up to the mark
an indication of some quality, feature, or prowess: he has the mark of an athlete
quality or importance; note: a person of little mark
a target or goal
impression or influence: he left his mark on German literature
one of the temperature settings on a gas oven: gas mark 5
(often capital) (in trade names)
(slang) a suitable victim, esp for swindling
(nautical) one of the intervals distinctively marked on a sounding lead Compare deep (sense 21)
(bowls) another name for the jack1 (sense 7)
(rugby Union) an action in which a player standing inside his own 22m line catches a forward kick by an opponent and shouts “mark”, entitling himself to a free kick
(Australian rules football) a catch of the ball from a kick of at least 10 yards, after which a free kick is taken
(boxing) the mark, the middle of the stomach at or above the line made by the boxer’s trunks
(in medieval England and Germany) a piece of land held in common by the free men of a community
an obsolete word for frontier
(statistics) See class mark
make one’s mark, to succeed or achieve recognition
on your mark, on your marks, a command given to runners in a race to prepare themselves at the starting line
to make or receive (a visible impression, trace, or stain) on (a surface)
(transitive) to characterize or distinguish: his face was marked by anger
often foll by off or out. to set boundaries or limits (on): to mark out an area for negotiation
(transitive) to select, designate, or doom by or as if by a mark: to mark someone as a criminal
(transitive) to put identifying or designating labels, stamps, etc, on, esp to indicate price: to mark the book at one pound
(transitive) to pay heed or attention to: mark my words
to observe; notice
to grade or evaluate (scholastic work): she marks fairly
(Brit, sport) to stay close to (an opponent) to hamper his or her play
to keep (score) in some games
(rugby Union) the shout given by a player when calling for a mark
See Deutschmark, markka, Reichsmark, Ostmark
a former monetary unit and coin in England and Scotland worth two thirds of a pound sterling
a silver coin of Germany until 1924
noun (New Testament)
one of the four Evangelists. Feast day: April 25
the second Gospel, traditionally ascribed to him
adjective readier, readiest
in a state of completion or preparedness, as for use or action
willing or eager: ready helpers
prompt or rapid: a ready response
(prenominal) quick in perceiving; intelligent: a ready mind
(postpositive) foll by to. on the point (of) or liable (to): ready to collapse
(postpositive) conveniently near (esp in the phrase ready to hand)
make ready, get ready, to prepare oneself or something for use or action
(informal) the ready, short for ready money
at the ready
(transitive) to put in a state of readiness; prepare
Old English ræde, geræde “prepared, ready,” of a horse, “ready for riding,” from Proto-Germanic *garaidijaz “arranged” (cf. Old Frisian rede “ready,” Middle Dutch gereit, Old High German reiti, Middle High German bereite, German bereit, Old Norse greiðr “ready, plain,” Gothic garaiþs “ordered, arranged”), from PIE root *reidh- “to ride” (see ride (v.)). Lengthened in Middle English by change of ending. Ready-made first attested early 15c.; ready-to-wear is from 1890.
early 13c., “to administer;” c.1300, “to take aim;” mid-14c., “to prepare, make ready,” from ready (adj.). Related: Readied; readying.
“trace, impression,” Old English mearc (West Saxon), merc (Mercian) “boundary, sign, limit, mark,” from Proto-Germanic *marko (cf. Old Norse merki “boundary, sign,” mörk “forest,” which often marked a frontier; Old Frisian merke, Gothic marka “boundary, frontier,” Dutch merk “mark, brand,” German Mark “boundary, boundary land”), from PIE *merg- “edge, boundary, border” (cf. Latin margo “margin;” Avestan mareza- “border,” Old Irish mruig, Irish bruig “borderland,” Welsh bro “district”).
The primary sense is probably “boundary,” which had evolved by Old English through “sign of a boundary,” through “sign in general,” then to “impression or trace forming a sign.” Meaning “any visible trace or impression” first recorded c.1200. Sense of “line drawn to indicate starting point of a race” (e.g. on your marks …) first attested 1887. The Middle English sense of “target” (c.1200) is the notion in marksman and slang sense “victim of a swindle” (1883). The notion of “sign, token” is behind the meaning “numerical award given by a teacher” (1829). Influenced by Scandinavian cognates.
“unit of money or weight,” late Old English marc, a unit of weight (chiefly for gold or silver) equal to about eight ounces, probably from Old Norse mörk “unit of weight,” cognate with German Mark, probably ultimately a derivative of mark (n.1), perhaps in sense of “imprinted weight or coin.” Used from 18c. in reference to various continental coinages, especially. the silver coin of Germany first issued 1875.
“to put a mark on,” Old English mearcian (West Saxon), merciga (Anglian) “to trace out boundaries,” from Proto-Germanic *markojanan (cf. Old Norse merkja, Old Saxon markon, Old Frisian merkia, Old High German marchon, German merken “to mark, note,” Middle Dutch and Dutch merken), from the root of mark (n.1).
Influenced by Scandinavian cognates. Meaning “to have a mark” is from c.1400; that of “to notice, observe” is late 14c. Meaning “to put a numerical price on an object for sale” led to verbal phrase mark down (1859). Mark time (1833) is from military drill. Related: Marked; marking. Old French merchier “to mark, note, stamp, brand” is a Germanic loan-word.
masc. proper name, variant of Marcus (q.v.). Among the top 10 names given to boy babies born in the U.S. between 1955 and 1970.
v. marked, mark·ing, marks
To inform; squeal: He swore he wouldn’t mark if they caught him (1970s+ Teenagers)
easy mark, hash mark, toe the mark, up to scratch
the evangelist; “John whose surname was Mark” (Acts 12:12, 25). Mark (Marcus, Col. 4:10, etc.) was his Roman name, which gradually came to supersede his Jewish name John. He is called John in Acts 13:5, 13, and Mark in 15:39, 2 Tim. 4:11, etc. He was the son of Mary, a woman apparently of some means and influence, and was probably born in Jerusalem, where his mother resided (Acts 12:12). Of his father we know nothing. He was cousin of Barnabas (Col. 4:10). It was in his mother’s house that Peter found “many gathered together praying” when he was released from prison; and it is probable that it was here that he was converted by Peter, who calls him his “son” (1 Pet. 5:13). It is probable that the “young man” spoken of in Mark 14:51, 52 was Mark himself. He is first mentioned in Acts 12:25. He went with Paul and Barnabas on their first journey (about A.D. 47) as their “minister,” but from some cause turned back when they reached Perga in Pamphylia (Acts 12:25; 13:13). Three years afterwards a “sharp contention” arose between Paul and Barnabas (15:36-40), because Paul would not take Mark with him. He, however, was evidently at length reconciled to the apostle, for he was with him in his first imprisonment at Rome (Col. 4:10; Philemon 1:24). At a later period he was with Peter in Babylon (1 Pet. 5:13), then, and for some centuries afterwards, one of the chief seats of Jewish learning; and he was with Timothy in Ephesus when Paul wrote him during his second imprisonment (2 Tim. 4:11). He then disappears from view.
- Get real
interjection An exhortation to be sane and sensible: John, are you going fishing this weekend? Be real, Smitty, I have to study for a test (1980s+ College students) interjection An exhortation to be sensible, to eschew illusion: ”I’ll trade them for your Reuben Kincaid sleep goggles.” ”Get real, pal”/ Be real, Smitty, I have to […]
- Get rolling
see: get a move on
- Get sick
1. [Ninth century] 2. Become disgusted, as in We got sick as we learned how much money was wasted, or I get sick when I hear about his debts. [ Early 1500s ] Also see: make one sick 3. Also, get sick to one’s stomach; be sick. Become nauseated, vomit, as in If you eat […]
- Get small
verb phrase To disappear; disperse and vanish; MAKE oneself SCARCE: Those suspects got small in a hurry (1980s+ Police)