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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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But I certainly will speak my opinion of it and try to change minds.
Lagging so far behind, the SNP have to take on big questions and change minds, not nail cheap debating points.
It also pledges to tackle serious and violent crime like domestic violence, rape and child sexual exploitation and work to change minds over problems such as hate crime.
Fret not, Keira, we're sure these snaps will change minds.
It said the media had been spreading such reports in a bid to change minds.
If anyone has the eloquence to change minds on this issue, it's him.