Earmark definitions

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Earmark is defined as to mark or to set aside something for a specific group.

An example of earmark is to turn down a page in a book.

An example of earmark is to state a benefit to a group in a bill that's presented to Congress.

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The definition of an earmark is a characteristic, an allocation of money in legislation, or a mark on the ear of an animal.

The dark images and story in a noir film are an example of an earmark of that genre of film.

A bill in Congress with a special agreement to give $10,000 to clean energy research is an example of an earmark.

The numbered stamp on a cow in a farm is an example of an earmark.

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An item or provision in a legislative bill that allots money for a project or institution in a specific locale, usually written or sponsored by a representative from that area.
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An identifying feature or characteristic.

A novel with all the earmarks of success.

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An identifying mark on the ear of a domestic animal.
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To reserve or designate for a particular purpose.
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To mark the ear of (a domestic animal) for identification.
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To specify or allocate (funds) to be spent in a legislative earmark.
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An identification mark put on, or cut into, the ear of a domestic animal to show ownership.
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Any identifying mark or feature; characteristic; sign.
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Something specially set aside or reserved; often, specif., a government spending appropriation inserted into a bill, committee report, etc. and directed toward or benefiting a particular recipient.
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To mark the ears of (livestock) for identification, usually by cropping or notching the ears in a distinctive way.
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To set a distinctive or informative mark upon; identify.
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To set aside or reserve for a special purpose or recipient.
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To mark (as of sheep) by slitting the ear.
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(by extension) To specify or set aside for a particular purpose.

You can donate to the organization as a whole, or you can earmark your contribution for a particular project.

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A mark or deformation of the ear of an animal, intended to indicate ownership.
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(US, politics) The designation of specific projects in appropriations of funding for general programs.
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A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.
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Origin of earmark

ear +‎ mark