Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts
(keep/have) a closed mind
keep a closed mindhave a closed minda closed mind
1) be unwilling to entertain or accept new ideas or beliefs, be averse to challenging your preconceptions
How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional LowSocial
a closed-minded person is difficult to deal with
Unlike the expression '(keep/have) an open mind', you wouldn't really instruct someone to 'keep' a closed mind, as this is generally seen as a negative trait. However, you can say that someone keeps or kept a closed mind. Generally speaking, a person who is unwilling to listen to anyone talk about other possibilities or truths - especially in relation to religion or science - is said to be closed-minded. Although the phrasal adjective 'closed-minded' - describing someone's behaviour - is correct and makes more sense, you will often see it spelled 'close-minded'. This expression is not as popular as its antonym (opposite) '(keep/have) an open mind', as most English speakers would describe a closed-minded person by saying they are 'not very open-minded'.
Social Examples (Advance)
You need to think outside the box for this project. If you have a closed mind, you won't make any progress.
Being aware of your unconscious biases prevents you from having a closed mind when it comes to making a number of decisions.
My parents have a closed mind when it comes to liberal politics.
Professional Examples (Basic)
Okay, everyone, get your thinking caps on. I don't want anyone to have a closed mind on this one, because we need new ideas.
We are bringing in a games specialist as I have found we have had a bit of a closed mind in our approaches to this problem.
Some cultures have more of a closed mind when it comes to unconventional approaches.
EnglishLogica® 2019. The content of this website is the intellectual property of Yashmi Consulting Ltd., and is intended for educational purposes only. This content is not to be used for commercial purposes without express permission from its copyright owners. Reproduction or embedding of this content on any media or platform will constitute copyright infringement.