make a name for (oneself)

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of make a name for (oneself)

: to become well-known or famous
  • He has made quite a name for himself as a golfer.
  • She is making a name for herself in the art world.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

name play
  1. : a word or phrase that constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing

  2. : a word or symbol used in logic to designate an entity

  3. : a descriptive often disparaging epithet

  1. : to give a name to : call

  2. : to mention or identify by name

  3. : to accuse by name

  1. : of, relating to, or bearing a name

  2. : appearing in the name of a literary or theatrical production

  3. : having an established reputation

oneself play
  1. : a person's self : one's own self

  2. : one's normal, healthy, or sane condition or self


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