- Years of conditioning had left their mark on her, and she never felt inclined to talk to strange men.
- Singers like Franklin and Redding helped gospel music make its mark on popular culture.
- Growing up during the war had left its mark on her.
- Years of war have left their mark on these pretty islands.
■ to affect someone or something so that they change in a permanent or very noticeable way
■ leave your/a mark (on)
to have a very strong and noticeable effect on someone or something, usually a bad one that lasts a long time.
.... COBUILD, LDOCE, Macmillan
CF. Dic: mark (as a verb meaning `give particular quality`)