Definition of put (or give or set) one's mind to in US English:

put (or give or set) one's mind to


  • Direct all one's attention to (achieving something)

    ‘she'd have made an excellent dancer, if she'd have put her mind to it’
    • ‘Still, I'm a smart girl and can do just about anything I put my mind to, and for the first time I started thinking about my potential for getting involved in social justice.’
    • ‘This story proves that you can do anything you put your mind to.’
    • ‘From that experience, I learned that I could do anything I put my mind to and that I'd always have the support of my peers at camp.’
    • ‘If you put your mind to what you want out of life, and focus your energy on it, she says, there's no reason why good things shouldn't happen.’
    • ‘But I'm not surprised - everything Carol has set her mind to achieving, she's accomplished.’
    • ‘She showed them what they could achieve if they just put their mind to it, pulled themselves out of the gutter and developed incredibly arrogant and over entitled attitudes.’
    • ‘Do you ever feel like you just need a jolt of energy and then you'd be able to do anything you set your mind to?’
    • ‘Bill had the special ability to do anything he set his mind to from cooking to woodworking to fishing, golfing, winemaking, gardening and more.’
    • ‘It really is pretty easy, once you set your mind to really giving readers the whole picture.’
    • ‘Or maybe you wish you could be as smart as her or as intelligent as all those people who seem to have a photographic memory and can ace any topic or thing they set their mind to?’
    focus one's attention on, focus on, pay attention to, keep one's mind on, apply oneself to, address oneself to, devote oneself to, get down to, put one's mind to
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