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


  • (transitive, 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."

  • (transitive) To mark (as of sheep) by slitting the ear.

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