change (someone's) 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!
See also: change, mind

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.
See also: change, mind

change (one's) mind

To reverse a previously held opinion or an earlier decision.
See also: change, mind
References in classic literature ?
Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind.
If changing one's mind is wrong, Nitish Kumar should immediately be held accountable.
It means changing one's mind, approach and strategy when the evidence demands it.
But mutual respect and recognition require a willingness and ability to express and defend positions before others with whom we disagree, knowing the difference between respectful and disrespectful disagreement and openness to changing one's mind when faced with well-reasoned criticisms.
Surprising, perhaps, for someone who left derivatives unregulated on the grounds, as models predicted, that this would be safe and beneficial - but then Keynes himself is often quoted in support of changing one's mind when one is wrong.
The practice of changing one's mind usually involves something like forgoing the burger and fries and opting for a salad, or taking the family to Nova Scotia for vacation instead of another trip to Disney World.
However, a new research from University of Pennsylvania psychologists has suggested that changing one's mind about delaying gratification can be a rational decision in situations when the timing of the payoff is uncertain.
When a politician says he is "not persuaded," it usually signals that he or she is open to persuasion, and as such, is frequently used as a way of expressing one's view while also leaving open the possibility of changing one's mind.
Changing one's mind is encouraged; residents can return to a question and choose a different option if they change their minds.
Changing one's mind on the basis of evidence is the modus operandi of a scientist.
While there is nothing wrong with changing one's mind, it would have been helpful for those interested in Currie's broader position if he had both acknowledged that he had done so and provided some indication of why.
Jolley still considers changing one's mind and choosing a positive perspective as the first and most important step to making a comeback.
John Kenneth Galbraith said: "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
Changing one's mind is a gift we have of coming to better conclusions rather than remaining cemented to an out-of-date mind-set.
The lack of local healthcare facilities, the lack of doctors willing to carry out abortions, the repeated medical consultations required, the time allowed for changing one's mind and the waiting time for the abortion all have the potential to make access to abortion more difficult or even impossible in practice.