1. sign, characteristic, scar, design, spot, tattoo, label, symbol

  • putim mak to put one’s mark, to sign
  • katim mak to cause scars for body decoration
  • mak bilong lek animal tracks
  • mekim mak to apply tattoos
  • Em i mak bilong gutpela man.
    That is characteristic of a good person.

2. goal posts for soccer

  • sanapim mak, planim mak to set up goal posts

3. an assessment grade in school

4. place, position

  • PNG i stap long mak we em stap nau.
    PNG is in this position now.
  • masta mak surveyor



  • Gavman i mas painim moa maket.
    The government has to find more markets.
  • Man i go long maket bilong baim kaikai.
    A man is going to the market to buy food.
  • Yumi save baim kaikai long maket.
    We buy our food at the market.
Ukarumpa market (via: Brad’s PNG Blog)
A roadside market, where PNGans sell crackers, cookies, mangoes, and buai to passers-by. It’s called Slowdown Market since it’s right by a section of the road where the pavement is missing so all the cars have to slow way down. (via: Brad’s PNG Blog)


1. to mark something, to sketch

  • makim diwai long katim to mark a tree for cutting
  • makim fiva (mark fever) to take one’s temperature

2. to appoint, to allocate, to vote for, to select, to promise in marriage

  • makim de (mark day) to set a day, to appoint a day
  • makim kos (mark course) to set course for a ship
  • makim man long wok (mark man (prep) work) to assign a man to a task
  • makim nupela memba vote for a new member

3. to point at, to aim

  • makim long pinga (mark (prep) finger) to point a finger, to point at

4. to imitate, to mock

  • makim gutpela pasin lo imitate good habits