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make up one's mind

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v make up one's mind reach, make, or come to a decision about something "We finally decided after lengthy deliberations"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Make up one's mind to determine
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Quotations

  • John Keats
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    “The only means of strengthening one's intellect is to make up one's mind about nothing --to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts. Not a select party.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ge-myndmunan, to think; Ger. meinen, to think, L. mens, the mind.

Usage

In literature:

It won't do to make up one's mind at once.
"The Golf Course Mystery" by Chester K. Steele
A little opposition is such a help in making up one's mind!
"All on the Irish Shore" by E. Somerville and Martin Ross
There is nothing in the world so difficult as that task of making up one's mind.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
One has to sample several glasses of each before one can definitely make up one's mind as to which is the best.
"The Gourmet's Guide to Europe" by Algernon Bastard
She finally makes up her mind it's a bran'-new one, an' sends fer Jud an' asts him what he knows about it.
"The Spinner's Book of Fiction" by Various
But then you see, Freddy, it takes some time to make up one's mind about such an important matter as that.
"April's Lady" by Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
It is not easy all at once to make up one's mind on a point of such importance.
"The Norsemen in the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
It isn't in nature that they should, and that's one of the things that young married people can't make up their minds to.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
What's of significance is sweet, however mistaken; one could make up one's mind to what's insignificant even.
"Fathers and Children" by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
What is really necessary is to make up one's mind.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
Now the more sense one has, the more difficult it is to make up one's mind in an affair of this kind.
"Old-Time Stories" by Charles Perrault
But to make up one's mind to do a thing, and to carry out one's good intentions are two very different matters.
"The Girl from Arizona" by Nina Rhoades
The sooner one makes up one's mind to it the better.
"The Missioner" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Would it be well, and could one make up one's mind to confine, or drive them all away at once?
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
There was just one point upon which Major Jimmie Hersey was able to make up his mind during this one evening's meditation.
"The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory" by Margaret Vandercook
Bet a hundred to one little Lucy's thinking about me now, and making up her mind to come.
"The Star-Gazers" by George Manville Fenn
Extraordinary how easy it is to make up one's mind about big things.
"A Woman's Experience in the Great War" by Louise Mack
Mamook tumtum, to make up one's mind.
"Dictionary of the Chinook Jargon" by T. N. Hibben
This is a queer thing to have to make up one's mind about, isn't it, father?
"Three Plays by Granville-Barker" by Harley Granville-Barker
It was difficult to make up one's mind just where to stand in order to reach it to the best advantage.
"Under One Flag" by Richard Marsh
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