2012년 2월 10일 금요일

Dic: mark (as a verb meaning `give particular quality`)


give particular quality▷ 7. [transitive, usually passive] (formal)

to give someone or something a particular quality or character (= characterize)

  • [mark someone/something] a life marked by suffering
  • [mark someone/something as something] He was marked as an enemy of the poor.
.... OALD

※ It's difficult to find such a definition of mark as a verb in COBUILD.

9 [N-COUNT] N of n/-ing △ The mark of something is the characteristic feature that enables you to recognize it. (= sign)
  • The mark of a civilized society is that it looks after its weakest members.
.... COBUILD

※ Let's take hold of some of its generic meanings:

1. a small area of dirt, a spot, or a cut on a surface that spoils its appearance.
2. a noticeable spot or area of color on the body of a person or an animal that helps you to recognize them.
  • The kids left dirty marks all over the kitchen floor.
  • a burn/scratch mark
  • Detectives found no marks on the body.
  • a horse with a white mark on its head
  • He was about six feet tall, with no distinguishing marks.
.... OALD

※ Taking stock of previous studies: Dic: make a mark (as) (on), Dic: mark

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