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change (one's) mind

1. To change one's original opinion, choice, or plan. Politicians get criticized for flip-flopping, but I think we should value the ability to change one's mind on an issue. I guess he changed his mind and decided to go to the beach instead.
2. To persuade or cause one to change one's original opinion, choice, or plan. I never liked mushrooms before, but you really changed my mind with this dish. He's set on buying that car. Don't bother trying to change his mind.
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change (someone's) mind

To convince someone to think differently about something. You can try all you want, but you're not changing my mind about going to that party! I need to change my teacher's mind about me. I swear I'm not a slacker, but that's what she thinks!
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change someone's mind

to cause a person to think differently (about someone or something). Tom thought Mary was unkind, but an evening out with her changed his mind. I can change my mind if you convince me that you are right.
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change (one's) mind

To reverse a previously held opinion or an earlier decision.
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Feminists for Life takes an educational approach and aims to change minds, not so much on the national political level, but in the halls of higher education.
Editorial writing should be forceful--with a clear purpose, and a clear message--and change minds.
To change those red states to blue, then, progressives have to change minds by first reframing the debate.
From Lenny Bruce to Richard Pryor to Chris Rock, comedy has the ability to change minds in a way that nothing else can.
I know, however, that bald arguments do not change minds or hearts.
The Culture Committee is in a strong position to change minds - provided members can appreciate the exact parallel they have drawn.
Oftentimes, successful programs change minds by transforming people's attitudes--toward themselves, toward their fellow citizens, and toward their communities.
Social studies teachers say the goal of discussions is not to necessarily change minds, but to forge a deeper understanding of issues.
It's no use trying to change minds, you have to be committed and wanting to play and wear the shirt with pride.
The earliest black writers believed in the "power of literature to change minds," says Dickson D.
Sir, - I wonder if I might take the unusual step of commenting on my own letter (Bombs don't change minds, Post, June 8) in the light of recent events in the Balkans.
But I certainly will speak my opinion of it and try to change minds.