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To change your opinion, attitudes or behavior - thesaurus

Synonyms

change your mind

to change a decision or an opinion

see reason/sense

to change a decision because you realize that you are wrong

adapt

verb

to change your ideas or behavior so that you can deal with a new situation

revise

verb

to change your opinion or judgment of someone or something

move on

to change your ideas, attitudes, behavior, etc.

renounce

verb

formal to state formally that you no longer believe in something or support something

backpedal

verb

to show that you are no longer certain about a previous opinion, intention, or promise

capitulate

verb

formal to stop opposing what someone wants and agree to it, usually because they are stronger than you

convert

verb

to change your beliefs, especially your religious beliefs, or to persuade someone to do this

move with the times

to change your ideas or behavior as the world or the situation changes

deradicalize

verb

to cause someone with extreme views to become more moderate

tergiversate

verb

formalshowing disapproval to change your beliefs or change your support from one person or group to another

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abandon

verb

to stop believing or supporting an idea

accommodate (yourself) to something

to change your attitudes and behavior in order to deal with a new situation

alternate

verb

to choose one thing or situation and then another, and keep repeating that pattern

betray

verb

if you betray your beliefs or principles, you do something that does not agree with them

break faith with

to stop supporting a person or idea

cave in

to suddenly stop opposing something, especially because people have persuaded you

change horses in midstream

to change your mind about something in the middle of doing it

change sides

to stop supporting one person or group in an argument and start supporting the other

change your/someone’s mind (about something)

to change your/someone else’s decision or opinion

change your tune

to start saying something different about a subject or situation, or to start behaving in a different way

chop and change

to keep changing from one thing to another

clean up your act

informal to start behaving in a more appropriate and sensible way

come around

to change your opinion or decision because someone has persuaded you to agree with them

come down/back to earth

to start normal life again after a time of great happiness or excitement

come over to

to change your position or opinion and start supporting someone you were arguing or fighting with

contradict yourself

to say the opposite of what you have said before

cross over

mainly British to stop supporting one group and start supporting another

depart from

to not use the usual way of doing something

ease up

to become less severe toward someone

flip

verb

to change suddenly from one subject, activity, or opinion to another

flip-flop

verb

informal to change your opinion completely in a way that annoys other people

get away from

to stop having a particular idea or belief that is old-fashioned or not helpful

give

verb

if someone gives, they agree to change a decision, opinion, or intention

give up

to stop thinking or believing something

go/get back to basics

to start paying more attention to the most important aspects of something

jump

verb

to move quickly from one idea to another, in a way that is confusing or wrong

make an exception

to deal with someone or something in a different way from usual on a particular occasion only

mellow

verb

if you mellow, or if something mellows you, you become gentler, wiser, and easier to talk to, especially because of age or experience

melt

verb

to become kinder and more sympathetic

no more Mr. Nice Guy

used for saying that you are going to stop being so kind and polite to someone

oscillate

verb

to continuously change your feelings, opinions, or decisions from one extreme position to the other

outgrow

verb

to become bigger, more successful, more popular, etc., in a way that makes your previous methods or activities no longer appropriate

realign

verb

if a country, organization, etc. realigns itself, it decides to support different ideas or groups

recant

verb

formal to state publicly that you no longer believe something, especially that you no longer have a religious belief or no longer support a political idea

reinvent yourself

to change the way that you behave or the things that you do so that people think of you as a different kind of person

relent

verb

to change your mind about not allowing something to happen or not letting someone do something

retreat

verb

to change your ideas, opinion, or decision because of criticism or opposition from other people

reverse

verb

to change your views, policies, etc. to the opposite ones

reverse yourself

to change a decision that you have made, for example because people have criticized it

revise

verb

to state a new amount after changing your opinion or judgment

row back

to slightly change something that you previously said, or to slightly change your opinion on an issue

run/blow hot and cold

to change your mind a lot about whether you like someone or something

see the error of your ways

to realize that you are wrong in what you have done or believed

shift gears

to start thinking or acting in a new way, especially more quickly than before

shift/switch gears

to change the way you think about or do something

shift your ground

to change your opinion, especially about something that you seemed very certain of

smarten up

Americaninformal to stop yourself from making bad decisions

soften

verb

to become kinder and less severe, or to make someone or something do this

swing

verb

to change from one emotion, condition, idea, etc. to another, or to make someone or something change in this way

thaw

verb

to become more friendly

toughen

verb

to become more strict, or to make something more strict

transcend

verb

formal to become free of negative attitudes, thoughts, or feelings that limit what you can achieve

transfer

verb

to stop giving your time or support to one person or thing and give it to another

turn against

to stop liking or supporting someone or something and to start opposing them

turn over a new leaf

to change your life by starting to be a better person or stopping a bad habit

vacillate

verb

formal to keep changing your ideas about something

veer

verb

to change in a sudden or noticeable way, for example in your opinion or mood

weaken

verb

if someone weakens about an opinion or a decision, they become less certain about it

the worm turns

used for saying that someone who has been treated badly for a long time suddenly stops accepting this situation and becomes stronger

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gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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