mark my words


mark my words

Meaning | Synonyms

  • used to let someone know to pay attention to what you are saying because it is very important especially when you are certain something would happen in future
  • assure someone about something that you saying is certainly going to happen

Example Sentences

  1. Mark my words, she won’t regret taking me up on my offer.
  2. I had no idea about the conversation concerning their agreement but mark my words; it shall all come to light soon.
  3. I was just leaving her office when she told me to mark her words, that I would be relieved of my job tomorrow.
  4. Mark my words, one day your son James will become a great businessman.
  5. Remember if you do not stop abusing then, mark my words, one day everybody will leave you.
  6. Don’t take her with. You mark my words, she will cause only problems.


This phrase was first used by Miles Coverdale in 1535 in the book of Isaiah when he translated the bible. After that, it was used to describe an ominous happening. In folklore, it is said that whenever “mark my words” was spoken, something bad almost always happened, so people actually avoided saying it or kept away from anyone who would utter it to them. Later, writers began to use it when addressing their readers to let them know what part of their works to focus on or the part that meant the most to them while writing. Today, it is used to command, admonish or stress the importance of something.

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I am not sure it is literally the first use recorded, but in 1 Samuel chapter 1 of the KJV Eli hearing Hannah’s prayer concerning her vow to God that if the Lord would give her a son (she was barren), she would dedicate this son to the service of God. Of course, Samuel the great prophet was God’s answer to her prayer, but the scriptures tell us that Eli the priest was near, and hearing the prayer “marked” her words. Later, of course, having taken note of this special prayer of great travail remembered it. That reference is what sent me on this search.

‒ Don H October 11, 2023

Mark my words have different meaning depends how you use them. But “mark my words” is most use in the American language. Too warn others what the out come of someone actions will be or what will happen in the future. Like” If he drives like that in the street, he soon will end up dead or killing someone. Mark my words.”
But it all comes down how you use them in various dialogs.

‒ Anonymous November 10, 2021

To Anonymous: I thought the “mark” meant to write the words down (as in to mark up a page), so one could refer back to them? But that was just a guess.

‒ Melissa March 13, 2021

“merken” in GERMAN means to notice. Did ‘mark’ mean notice in old English?

‒ Anonymous June 28, 2020

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