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Definitions of mar

mar (mɑː



Word forms:   mars,  marring or ,  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 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)
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)
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)


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