change (one's) ways

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change (one's) ways

To start behaving in a different, usually preferable, way. After I got in yet another fight at school, the headmaster told me that I had to change my ways or else I'd be expelled. No matter how old you are, there is still time to change your ways.
See also: change, way
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change your ˈways

start to live or behave in a different way from before: I’ve learned my lesson and I’m going to try to change my ways.It’s unlikely your boss will change his ways.
See also: change, way
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But killing off our old ways is extremely difficult, because it means changing our ways and none of us likes change.
Repentance is less about giving up, making amends, doing right, and changing our ways. Repentance is about turning around from our own way of being and living to see the new thing God is doing, the change that God is making, the reversal that God is bringing.