change (one's) mind

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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 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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(I) changed my mind.

I have reversed my previous decision or statement. Tom: I thought you were going to Atlanta today. Bill: I changed my mind. I'm leaving tomorrow. Mary: I thought that this room was going to be done in red. Sue: I changed my mind.
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change one's mind

Alter one's views or intentions, as in I can always change my mind about going on this trip. [Early 1600s]
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change your ˈmind

change your decision or opinion: He was intending to go to the party but now he’s changed his mind and decided to stay in.
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change (one's) mind

To reverse a previously held opinion or an earlier decision.
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References in classic literature ?
Once or twice lately they have had reason to change their minds.
EUROPEAN Council president Donald Tusk yesterday made a plea for British voters to change their minds and stay in the European Union.
I think in future it will be OK, they will change their minds.
I don't flatter myself that my letter did all that much to persuade the powers that be to change their minds, but I like to think that it helped - you know, the straw that broke the camel's back sort of thing?
But when people consistently have great difficulty making a decision--and change their minds at the slightest provocation--then there is usually need for better psychological understanding and personal improvement.
Personally, I think that's pretty refreshing - most politicians lie and fib and squirm, and like the Tories support war then change their minds when it might win votes, oppose student fees then change their mind, oppose devolution then fight for Assembly seats when there's a chance of winning.
And more politicians might change their minds if pressure grows.
I know people change their minds and I know new research comes out all the time which may alter received wisdom.
People can (and often do) change their minds, change their hairstyles, change their life styles.
One of life's lessons is that it's hard for people to change their minds - but when they're presented with new information, they should.
Anti-abortion pioneers Jack and Barbara Willke, creators of a popular slide show depicting fetal development, privately advise their comrades, "We will not show visuals under six weeks because we feel that if we do, the audience may change their minds from their conviction that this is human life.
Clients change their minds regularly as to how they would like their assets distributed and beneficiaries have changes in status (including marriages, divorces and health problems).
Possibly when you've been dating for longer and they see you're committed to each other, they might change their minds.