open (one's) mind (to something)

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open (one's) mind (to something)

To become or cause one to become receptive to or prepared to consider something, such as a topic, idea, opinion, perspective, etc. Being in college really helped open my mind to the myriad of beliefs and ideals to which different people around the world adhere. I know you're hesitant about seeing a psychic about this, but try opening your mind a bit—you might be pleasantly surprised!
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*open mind

a mind or attitude that is open to new ideas and opinions. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; keep~.) Please try to be nice and keep an open mind. It's all not as bad as you think.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

open mind

A mind receptive to different opinions and ideas, as in Her open mind could see merit in the new method. This phrase is often put as keep an open mind, as in The judge cautioned the jury to keep an open mind while hearing the evidence. [First half of 1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

open your mind to

be prepared to consider or acknowledge; be receptive to.
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The objective of this day is to encourage people around the world to share their philosophical heritage and open their minds to new ideas.
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His gospel portrays Peter and the other disciples in such a state of terror that Jesus greets them with both peace and admonishment: "Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?" After eating with them to emphasize his physical humanity, Jesus is compelled to open their minds to understand the scriptures, for "repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations," and they are now the bringers of the good news of God's reign (Luke 24:45-47).
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