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
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