Definition of make one's mark in English:

make one's mark

phrase

  • Attain recognition or distinction.

    ‘it took four years of struggle before we managed to make our mark’
    • ‘It gives the illusion of doing something permanent, making your mark on the world.’
    • ‘I am not quite sure who to propose, but maybe there is someone out there who feels confident enough to list 10 women in contemporary graphic design currently making their mark.’
    • ‘In the ten years of this sale close on 3,000 heifers have been sold and it is evident by the number of repeat buyers that these heifers are clearly making their mark in the suckler herds of Ireland.’
    • ‘That women entrepreneurs and managers are making their mark in a world of men, even if recognition comes by way of separate women's awards.’
    • ‘Professionally, the 21-year-old Long Island native is already making her mark as one of the most distinctive character actors of her generation.’
    • ‘The BBC will televise the second day of competition, and Brewer underlined the importance of new prospects making their mark if financial patronage is to be restored.’
    • ‘The range of soloists offers a blend of the experience of established performers for many years with the talent of some our finest young musicians who are now making their mark here and abroad.’
    • ‘In 1989, she was trying to make her mark as a singer in London but had succeeded only in eking out a living, playing tiny gigs and taking the odd bit-part acting job.’
    • ‘It is about the thousands of highly-qualified young people making their mark in responsible jobs in Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium and elsewhere across the EU.’
    • ‘First, his distinction is quite exceptional and we don't have to wait for it to be generally recognized that he has made his mark.’
    be successful, distinguish oneself, succeed, gain success, be a success, prosper, get ahead, get on, make good, achieve recognition, attain distinction
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