What does earmark mean?

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  1. (transitive) To mark (as of sheep) by slitting the ear.
  2. (transitive, by extension) To specify or set aside for a particular purpose, to allocate.
  1. A mark or deformation of the ear of an animal, intended to indicate ownership.
  2. (politics) The designation of specific projects in appropriations of funding for general programs.
  3. A mark for identification; a distinguishing mark.
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