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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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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open your mind to

be prepared to consider or acknowledge; be receptive to.
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References in classic literature ?
I began to regret having opened my mind so freely to her.
'This trip opened my mind to the freedom riders get from these two wheeled machines.'
He said: "My apprenticeship has definitely helped my career and has opened my mind to new ways of thinking."
* SIR - Most of your Olympic letters have opened my mind to suggestions that Wales should compete as a nation at the Olympics.
Studying Islam has opened my mind and deepened my understanding of the loving submission to God contained in Jesus' words "Thy will be done." Interfaith dialogue is an essential ingredient.
But that childhood experience opened my mind to the possibilities of the stage, and lighter plays and the work of Gilbert and Sullivan thrill me to this day.
"Being pregnant has completely opened my mind to having to really try different shapes and things I haven't worn before.
"It opened my mind to not only football but also business because Warner Communications ran the club and were very, very slick.
The chapter on mentors and sponsors opened my mind to the ins and outs of these interdependent relationships.
Several years ago I read George Orwell's essay "Politics and the English Language." Orwell opened my mind to the dangers of "Newspeak." Since then I have reread it, along with his explanation on "The Principles of Newspeak" at the end of Nineteen Eighty-Four, which I must admit left an even more profound effect upon my mind.
This girl has really opened my mind to sex but there's a slight problem...
JOSE MOURINHO is happy to focus solely on footballing matters having clarified his Chelsea future with the club's board, revealing: "I opened my mind, I opened my heart and told them I wanted to stay."
LAST year, at the age of 61, I went on a Church of England Alpha course which opened my mind to God's teachings.
"Harvard opened my mind to the fact that creativity could be organized and managed--that, in fact, creativity was a growth industry, and it needed all the talent it could get," she says.
In fact, I used to think of anyone who chose to eat differently as a "problem." I've since opened my mind to learn more about vegetarians and have become a better camp food service manager because of it.