have a mind of one's own

Definition of have a mind of one's own

:to have one's own ideas and make one's own choices about what should be done
  • Her parents want her to go to college, but she has a mind of her own and insists on trying to become an actress.
often used figuratively
  • I can't get the camera to work right. It seems to have a mind of its own.

Word by Word Definitions

mind play
  1. : recollection, memory

  2. : the element or complex (see 1complex 1) of elements in an individual that feels, perceives, thinks, wills, and especially reasons

  3. : the conscious mental events and capabilities in an organism

  1. : remind

  2. : remember

  3. : to attend to closely

own play
  1. : belonging to oneself or itself

  2. used to express immediate or direct kinship

  1. : to have or hold as property : possess

  2. : to have power or mastery over

  3. : to acknowledge to be true, valid, or as claimed : admit

  1. : one or ones belonging to oneself


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