Keep an Open Mind

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Have an open mind
with an open mind

The primary idiom is open mind or open-minded but it is often used in these three common expressions. Further usage examples are given below.

Meaning of Idiom 'Keep an Open Mind'

To keep an open mind means to be willing to consider new or different ideas, opinions, suggestions, etc. 1,2,3


"I try to keep an open mind, but there are just certain things I cannot accept."

"If you're going to be able to communicate with native people's you have to have an open mind."

"John came into the company with an open mind, but he found the culture stifling and unconducive to creative thinking."

"Old Mr. Weaver has a lot of things, but an open mind isn't one of them. He is set in his ways."

"Denice is usually very open-minded, but when it comes to politics, she won't won't budge."


Used since the first half of the 1800's. 2

1. Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth M. The Wordsworth Dictionary of Idioms. Ware: Wordsworth, 1995.
2. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
3. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill's American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.

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