Definition of earmark in US English:

earmark

verb

[with object]
  • 1Designate (something, typically funds or resources) for a particular purpose.

    ‘the new money will be earmarked for cancer research’
    • ‘Of the additional funding almost £10m is earmarked for national pension contribution changes.’
    • ‘Another $300-million was earmarked for those infected outside that time.’
    • ‘What is important to note is that the funding for this project came from EU funding, which is earmarked for this particular project.’
    • ‘Officials insist there is no set funding target but the money is understood to be earmarked for capital expenditure on roads and building programmes.’
    • ‘Also, a portion of the proceeds will be earmarked for providing school fees for poor children for the coming academic year.’
    • ‘The other £100,000 of funding has been earmarked for encouraging tourism in and around Chesterfield.’
    • ‘About $320 million of those funds would be earmarked for discretionary spending by the transportation authority.’
    • ‘The opposition lawmakers argued that since this is a special budget, every single expense should be earmarked for specific purposes.’
    • ‘Some faculty members expressed the opinion that such funding had already been earmarked for specific purposes.’
    • ‘Roughly $700,000 was earmarked for a trust fund for Terri, and $300,000 for Michael.’
    • ‘The draft budget earmarks $50,000 for Todd Mall promotion.’
    • ‘He recently assured the Capital City Development Forum that Rs.75 crores had been earmarked for the purpose.’
    • ‘Congress pork-barrel spends and earmarks all of this money while we have enlisted families on food stamps.’
    • ‘The plan earmarks $1.3 billion for unmanned missions to the moon over the next five years, including a lunar orbiter to be launched by 2008.’
    • ‘We have reserves but they should be earmarked for essential capital projects.’
    • ‘A further £750,000 will be earmarked for community-driven activities centring on education and cohesion.’
    • ‘Failure to do so will end with the same result as last year that saw a refusal to allow even a motion for a waiver scheme to be discussed because funds had not been earmarked for that purpose.’
    • ‘These must pay for themselves while public funds are earmarked for yet more road - building.’
    • ‘The additional funding has been earmarked for specific types of developments.’
    • ‘Funding has already been earmarked for the Trafalgar Day Celebrations and has been provided for the recent Youth Festival.’
    set aside, lay aside, set apart, keep back, appropriate, reserve, keep
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  • 2Mark the ear of (an animal) as a sign of ownership or identity.

    • ‘The legislation, which follows an EU directive, requires sheep farmers to earmark or tattoo every sheep on their land with their place of birth.’
    • ‘Condition scoring is also useful for earmarking cattle as they come close to finish as sometimes farmers who are looking at the same cattle each day can be unaware of the degree of finish achieved.’

noun

  • 1A characteristic or identifying feature.

    ‘this car has all the earmarks of a classic’
    • ‘It did nothing to note the earmarks of fraud that surrounded the story.’
    • ‘Even I am willing to admit such an action bears all the earmarks of anti-social behavior.’
    • ‘I did grow up in a neighborhood with many earmarks of suburbia.’
    • ‘By August the troopers of the 14th were well aware that 1961 had already been a very eventful year and had all the earmarks of becoming even more eventful.’
    • ‘The film has all the earmarks of a major commercial event.’
    • ‘He showed all the earmarks of a real hunter, a man who took nothing for granted.’
    • ‘In ‘Lazy Days’ he introduces the student to what it's like to run a melody line over a slow-walking bass line - one of the earmarks of jazz styling.’
    • ‘These occurrences have the earmarks of hoaxing.’
    • ‘This confrontation had all the earmarks of a disaster.’
    • ‘This has the earmarks of the sort of backroom politicking that has marked some of the darkest chapters in American history.’
    • ‘I am always ready to believe the worst when warranted, but this has all the earmarks of a wild rumor.’
    • ‘As publishers and record companies looked for the earmarks of potential long-term hits, several releases in late 1941 exploited early returns from the front.’
    • ‘But while it may have had some of the earmarks of a religious revival, this movement was rooted firmly in the material world.’
    • ‘This has all the earmarks of a franchise that has run its course.’
    • ‘The situation has all the earmarks of a well-made movie thriller!’
    • ‘In short, the study has all the earmarks of a cluster-sample study that failed.’
    • ‘This movie has all the earmarks of a great premise that was dumbed down to appeal to an increasingly less adventuresome multiplex audience.’
    • ‘The year 2004 has all the earmarks of a milestone year for the entrepreneurial space industry.’
    • ‘Having said that, I have to go on to say that, for me, this story in the Times has all the earmarks of a load of old cobblers.’
    • ‘That was an earmark of the way I approached electronics.’
    characteristic, attribute, feature, quality, essential quality, property, mark, trademark, hallmark
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  • 2US A congressional directive that funds should be spent on a specific project.

    • ‘And it's really not an accurate account of all earmarks.’
    • ‘Under Republican control, we have gone, I believe, in 1994 from about 2,000 earmarks per year to over 10,000.’
    • ‘Senator, on this issue of earmarks that you talk about frequently, you reiterated yesterday that you have never taken an earmark.’
    • ‘In all, eager members in both houses enacted 11,144 earmarks, worth $15 billion.’
    • ‘The Obama camp is pressing the Clinton camp to release its earmark requests as well.’
    • ‘Watchdog groups say it's hard to determine if the Senate's passage of this bailout was bought with earmarks.’
    • ‘It is a fact that as governor she lobbies for earmarks.’
    • ‘Earmark portions of government research grants to cover IRB overhead costs.’
    • ‘A spokesman for McConnell says the requests were made last year, and notes he voted for an amendment to strike all earmarks, which failed.’
    • ‘The Senate also soundly defeated a bill to ban earmarks for a year.’
    • ‘He has been able to turn the promise of earmarks for other Democrats into votes on close issues.’
    • ‘Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway?’
    • ‘For example, some members of Congress post some earmark requests online.’
    • ‘And in those speeches, she insists she's fought hard against pork barrel projects, basically telling America she'll stand up to government earmarks.’
    • ‘Last year, he did ask for some $311 million in earmarks.’
    • ‘Democrats and Republicans are being held in the spotlight for their earmarks.’
    • ‘I championed earmark reform, also, to help Congress stop wasting money on those things that do not serve the public interest.’
    • ‘Projects supported by earmarks this year are varied.’
    • ‘Also, remember John McCain's famous line about earmarks from the campaign trail.’
    • ‘Hasn't his administration endorsed almost half of the nearly 12,000 earmarks that have been approved in 2008?’
  • 3A mark on the ear of a domesticated animal indicating ownership or identity.

Pronunciation

earmark

/ˈɪrˌmɑrk//ˈirˌmärk/