To make up one's mind
Mind Mind (m[imac]nd), n. [AS. mynd, gemynd; akin to OHG. minna memory, love, G. minne love, Dan. minde mind, memory, remembrance, consent, vote, Sw. minne memory, Icel. minni, Goth. gamunds, L. mens, mentis, mind, Gr. me`nos, Skr. manas mind, man to think. [root]104, 278. Cf. {Comment}, {Man}, {Mean}, v., 3d {Mental}, {Mignonette}, {Minion}, {Mnemonic}, {Money}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The intellectual or rational faculty in man; the understanding; the intellect; the power that conceives, judges, or reasons; also, the entire spiritual nature; the soul; -- often in distinction from the {body}. [1913 Webster]

By the mind of man we understand that in him which thinks, remembers, reasons, wills. --Reid. [1913 Webster]

What we mean by mind is simply that which perceives, thinks, feels, wills, and desires. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. --Rom. xiv. 5. [1913 Webster]

The mind shall banquet, though the body pine. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. The state, at any given time, of the faculties of thinking, willing, choosing, and the like; psychical activity or state; as: (a) Opinion; judgment; belief. [1913 Webster]

A fool uttereth all his mind. --Prov. xxix. 11. [1913 Webster]

Being so hard to me that brought your mind, I fear she'll prove as hard to you in telling her mind. --Shak. [1913 Webster] (b) Choice; inclination; liking; intent; will. [1913 Webster]

If it be your minds, then let none go forth. --2 Kings ix. 15. [1913 Webster] (c) Courage; spirit. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

3. Memory; remembrance; recollection; as, to have or keep in mind, to call to mind, to put in mind, etc. [1913 Webster]

{To have a mind} or {To have a great mind}, to be inclined or strongly inclined in purpose; -- used with an infinitive. ``Sir Roger de Coverly . . . told me that he had a great mind to see the new tragedy with me.'' --Addison.

{To lose one's mind}, to become insane, or imbecile.

{To make up one's mind}, to come to an opinion or decision; to determine.

{To put in mind}, to remind. ``Regard us simply as putting you in mind of what you already know to be good policy.'' --Jowett (Thucyd. ). [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To make up one's mind — make make, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {made} (m[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {making}.] [OE. maken, makien, AS. macian; akin to OS. mak?n, OFries. makia, D. maken, G. machen, OHG. mahh?n to join, fit, prepare, make, Dan. mage. Cf. {Match} an equal.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • make up one's mind — {v. phr.} To choose what to do; decide. * /They made up their minds to sell the house./ * /Tom couldn t decide whether he should tell Mother about the broken window or let her find it herself./ Contrast: ON THE FENCE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make up one's mind — {v. phr.} To choose what to do; decide. * /They made up their minds to sell the house./ * /Tom couldn t decide whether he should tell Mother about the broken window or let her find it herself./ Contrast: ON THE FENCE …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • To make up — make make, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {made} (m[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {making}.] [OE. maken, makien, AS. macian; akin to OS. mak?n, OFries. makia, D. maken, G. machen, OHG. mahh?n to join, fit, prepare, make, Dan. mage. Cf. {Match} an equal.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To make up a face — make make, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {made} (m[=a]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {making}.] [OE. maken, makien, AS. macian; akin to OS. mak?n, OFries. makia, D. maken, G. machen, OHG. mahh?n to join, fit, prepare, make, Dan. mage. Cf. {Match} an equal.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lose one's mind — Mind Mind (m[imac]nd), n. [AS. mynd, gemynd; akin to OHG. minna memory, love, G. minne love, Dan. minde mind, memory, remembrance, consent, vote, Sw. minne memory, Icel. minni, Goth. gamunds, L. mens, mentis, mind, Gr. me nos, Skr. manas mind,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To take upon one's self — Take Take, v. t. [imp. {Took} (t[oo^]k); p. p. {Taken} (t[=a]k n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Taking}.] [Icel. taka; akin to Sw. taga, Dan. tage, Goth. t[=e]kan to touch; of uncertain origin.] 1. In an active sense; To lay hold of; to seize with the hands …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To turn around one's finger — Turn Turn (t[^u]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Turned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Turning}.] [OE. turnen, tournen, OF. tourner, torner, turner, F. tourner, LL. tornare, fr. L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to rounds off, fr. tornus a lathe, Gr. ? a turner s… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To cast in one's lot with — Cast Cast (k[.a]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cast}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Casting}.] [Cf. Dan. kaste, Icel. & Sw. kasta; perh. akin to L. {gerere} to bear, carry. E. jest.] 1. To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to impel. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To cast in one's teeth — Cast Cast (k[.a]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cast}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Casting}.] [Cf. Dan. kaste, Icel. & Sw. kasta; perh. akin to L. {gerere} to bear, carry. E. jest.] 1. To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to impel. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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