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To do something historically significant; to do something important that will be remembered and recorded for a long time. She made history by becoming the first woman to hold the position. They are trying to make history as the only team ever to come back from an 0-3 start.
Do something memorable or spectacular enough to influence the course of history, as in That first space flight made history. [Mid-1800s]
make historydo something that is remembered in or influences the course of history.
go down in/make ˈhistorybe or do something so important that it will be recorded in history: Roger Bannister made history as the first man to run a mile in less than four minutes. ♢ This battle will go down in history as one of our most important victories.
To do something memorable or spectacular enough to influence the course of history: The first space flight made history.