form an opinion (about someone or something)

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form an opinion (about someone or something)

To view someone or something in a certain way; to start to have a particular opinion about someone or something. I try to get to know someone before forming an opinion about them.
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form an opinion

to think up or decide on an opinion. (Note the variations in the examples.) I don't know enough about the issue to form an opinion. Don't tell me how to think! I can form my own opinion. I don't form opinions without careful consideration.
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form an opinion

Make up one's mind or decide what one thinks about something. For example, I need more facts before I can form an opinion about this issue, or Don't tell me your views; I want to form my own opinion.
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His book You Are The Message reveals that we form an opinion about someone the first seven seconds of meeting them.
Why do we form an opinion about someone without really knowing anything about him or her--aside perhaps from a few remarks or readily observable traits?
I've never met him socially and I'm one of the old school who believes that you never form an opinion about someone else until you are given the opportunity to meet them by themselves.