Idioms

    beside the mark, not pertinent; irrelevant.
    bless/save the mark! (used as an exclamation of disapproval, contempt, impatience, etc.)Also God bless/save the mark!
    make one's mark, to attain success or fame; achieve one's ambition: He set out to make his mark as a writer.
    mark time. time(def 55).
    on your mark/marks! (in calling the start of a race) take your places: On your mark! Get set! Go!Also get ready!, ready!
    wide of the mark, far from the target or objective; inaccurate or irrelevant: My first guess was wide of the mark.

Origin of mark

1
before 900; (noun) Middle English; Old English mearc mark, sign, banner, dividing line, borderland; cognate with German Mark borderland, unit of weight, Old Norse mǫrk forest (orig., borderland), unit of weight, Gothic marka boundary, borderland, Latin margō margin; (v.) Middle English marken, Old English mearcian; cognate with Old Frisian merkia, Old High German marchōn, Old Norse marka to plan

Synonyms for mark

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British Dictionary definitions for make one's mark

Mark

noun New Testament

one of the four Evangelists. Feast day: April 25
the second Gospel, traditionally ascribed to him

mark

1

noun

a visible impression, stain, etc, on a surface, such as a spot or scratch
a sign, symbol, or other indication that distinguishes somethingan owner's mark
a cross or other symbol made instead of a signature
a written or printed sign or symbol, as for punctuationa question mark
a letter, number, or percentage used to grade academic work
a thing that indicates position or directs; marker
a desired or recognized standardhe is not up to the mark
an indication of some quality, feature, or prowesshe has the mark of an athlete
quality or importance; notea person of little mark
a target or goal
impression or influencehe left his mark on German literature
one of the temperature settings on a gas ovengas mark 5
(often capital) (in trade names)
  1. model, brand, or typethe car is a Mark 4
  2. a variation on a particular modela Mark 3 Cortina
slang a suitable victim, esp for swindling
nautical one of the intervals distinctively marked on a sounding leadCompare deep (def. 21)
bowls another name for the jack 1 (def. 7)
rugby Union an action in which a player standing inside his own 22m line catches a forward kick by an opponent and shouts "mark", entitling himself to a free kick
Australian rules football a catch of the ball from a kick of at least 10 yards, after which a free kick is taken
the mark boxing the middle of the stomach at or above the line made by the boxer's trunks
(in medieval England and Germany) a piece of land held in common by the free men of a community
an obsolete word for frontier
statistics See class mark
make one's mark to succeed or achieve recognition
on your mark or on your marks a command given to runners in a race to prepare themselves at the starting line

verb

to make or receive (a visible impression, trace, or stain) on (a surface)
(tr) to characterize or distinguishhis face was marked by anger
(often foll by off or out) to set boundaries or limits (on)to mark out an area for negotiation
(tr) to select, designate, or doom by or as if by a markto mark someone as a criminal
(tr) to put identifying or designating labels, stamps, etc, on, esp to indicate priceto mark the book at one pound
(tr) to pay heed or attention tomark my words
to observe; notice
to grade or evaluate (scholastic work)she marks fairly
British sport to stay close to (an opponent) to hamper his or her play
to keep (score) in some games
mark time
  1. to move the feet alternately as in marching but without advancing
  2. to act in a mechanical and routine way
  3. to halt progress temporarily, while awaiting developments

interjection

rugby Union the shout given by a player when calling for a mark
See also markdown, mark-up

Word Origin for mark

Old English mearc mark; related to Old Norse mörk boundary land, Old High German marha boundary, Latin margō margin

mark

2

noun

a former monetary unit and coin in England and Scotland worth two thirds of a pound sterling
a silver coin of Germany until 1924

Word Origin for mark

Old English marc unit of weight of precious metal, perhaps from the marks on metal bars; apparently of Germanic origin and related to mark 1
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Word Origin and History for make one's mark

mark

v.

"to put a mark on," Old English mearcian (West Saxon), merciga (Anglian) "to trace out boundaries," from Proto-Germanic *markojanan (cf. Old Norse merkja, Old Saxon markon, Old Frisian merkia, Old High German marchon, German merken "to mark, note," Middle Dutch and Dutch merken), from the root of mark (n.1).

Influenced by Scandinavian cognates. Meaning "to have a mark" is from c.1400; that of "to notice, observe" is late 14c. Meaning "to put a numerical price on an object for sale" led to verbal phrase mark down (1859). Mark time (1833) is from military drill. Related: Marked; marking. Old French merchier "to mark, note, stamp, brand" is a Germanic loan-word.

mark

n.1

"trace, impression," Old English mearc (West Saxon), merc (Mercian) "boundary, sign, limit, mark," from Proto-Germanic *marko (cf. Old Norse merki "boundary, sign," mörk "forest," which often marked a frontier; Old Frisian merke, Gothic marka "boundary, frontier," Dutch merk "mark, brand," German Mark "boundary, boundary land"), from PIE *merg- "edge, boundary, border" (cf. Latin margo "margin;" Avestan mareza- "border," Old Irish mruig, Irish bruig "borderland," Welsh bro "district").

The primary sense is probably "boundary," which had evolved by Old English through "sign of a boundary," through "sign in general," then to "impression or trace forming a sign." Meaning "any visible trace or impression" first recorded c.1200. Sense of "line drawn to indicate starting point of a race" (e.g. on your marks ...) first attested 1887. The Middle English sense of "target" (c.1200) is the notion in marksman and slang sense "victim of a swindle" (1883). The notion of "sign, token" is behind the meaning "numerical award given by a teacher" (1829). Influenced by Scandinavian cognates.

mark

n.2

"unit of money or weight," late Old English marc, a unit of weight (chiefly for gold or silver) equal to about eight ounces, probably from Old Norse mörk "unit of weight," cognate with German Mark, probably ultimately a derivative of mark (n.1), perhaps in sense of "imprinted weight or coin." Used from 18c. in reference to various continental coinages, especially. the silver coin of Germany first issued 1875.

Mark

masc. proper name, variant of Marcus (q.v.). Among the top 10 names given to boy babies born in the U.S. between 1955 and 1970.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

make one's mark in Medicine

mark

[märk]

n.

A spot or line on a surface, visible through difference in color or elevation from that of the surrounding area.
A distinctive trait or property.

v.

To make a visible trace or impression on, as occurs with a spot or dent.
To form, make, or depict by making a mark.
To distinguish or characterize.
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Idioms and Phrases with make one's mark

make one's mark

Achieve distinction, as in Terry soon made his mark as an organist. This expression transfers a written or printed symbol to a strong impression. [Mid-1800s] Also see make a name for oneself.

mark

In addition to the idioms beginning with mark

  • mark down
  • marked man, a
  • mark my words
  • mark time
  • mark up

also see:

  • beside the point (mark)
  • black mark
  • give bad marks to
  • high-water mark
  • hit the bull's-eye (mark)
  • make one's mark
  • off the mark
  • quick off the mark
  • toe the line (mark)
  • up to par (the mark)
  • wide of the mark
  • x marks the spot
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