marked / märkt/ • adj. 1. having a visible mark: plants with beautifully marked leaves. ∎ (of playing cards) having distinctive marks on their backs to assist cheating. ∎ Linguistics (of words or forms) distinguished by a particular feature: the word “drake“ is semantically marked as masculine; the unmarked form is “duck.”2. clearly noticeable; evident: a marked increase in sales.DERIVATIVES: mark·ed·ly / ˈmärkidlē/ adv. (in sense 2).mark·ed·ness / ˈmärkidnis/ n.