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ear·mark

earmark

 
pronunciation:
ir mark
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a particular quality or trait that distinguishes a person or thing from others.
The film had all the earmarks of a blockbuster.The man's death had the earmarks of a suicide.Although he could be charming, he had the earmarks of a violent man.
synonyms:
characteristic, feature, peculiarity, property, quality, trait
similar words:
attribute, mark, personality, sign, stamp, symptom, temperament, token, trademark
definition 2: an identifying mark made on the ear of an animal such as a cow.
Judging by the earmark, he thought the cow belonged to the neighboring herd.
similar words:
brand, mark
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: earmarks, earmarking, earmarked
definition 1: to designate or set aside for a special purpose.
These funds have been earmarked for research.
synonyms:
designate, reserve
similar words:
allocate, appropriate, assign, design
definition 2: to make an identifying mark on the ear of (an animal).
similar words:
brand, mark
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