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mar (mɑː Pronunciation for mar



Word forms:  mars,  marring,  marred
  1. (transitive) to cause harm to; spoil or impair


  1. a disfiguring mark; blemish

Derived Forms

ˈmarrer noun

Word Origin

Old English merran; compare Old Saxon merrian to hinder, Old Norse merja to bruise



abbreviation for

  1. March

Translations for 'mar'

  • British English: mar To mar something means to spoil or damage it. VERBA number of problems marred the smooth running of this event.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: estragar
  • Chinese: 破坏破坏壞
  • European Spanish: estropear
  • French: gâcher
  • German: verderben
  • Italian: sciupare
  • Japanese: 損なう
  • Korean: 망치다
  • Portuguese: estragar
  • Spanish: estropear

Example Sentences Including 'mar'

A clause too far; Proposals on religious hatred mar necessary measures; Leading
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
A vain pursuit from its beginning, maybe, which no choice of mine can mar or mend.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
As a pro, only a single loss and a disputed draw mar his record.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Else, it will mar its chances of communicating with your customers -- the single message through many voices.
Business Today (1997)
Even damage to his nose and mouth doesn't mar the sweet dreaminess of his face, framed by coils of long, wavy hair and beard.
Pamela Petro THE SLOW BREATH OF STONE: A Romanesque Love Story (2005)
Maybe the men of this land are wise to say little: one family of busy dwarves with hammer and chisel might mar more than they made.
J.R.R. Tolkien THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2004)
Only the tapered front with low-set headlights mar the exotic effect.
The Australian (2005)
Poor facilities mar pleasant stroll through Parks life; Cricket; Good Ground Guide
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Then came the only incident that seemed to mar the smoothness of the ceremony.
Robin Hobb THE GOLDEN FOOL: Book Two of the Tawny Man (2002)


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