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  • be all in the/(your) mind

    if you say that a problem that is worrying someone is all in their mind, you mean that they have imagined the problem and that it does not really exist.

    His doctor tried to convince him that he wasn't ill and that it was all in the mind.

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  • adjective
    neither expressive of nor exciting sexual love or romance

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  • verb
    1
    BAD: The criminal mind is not always easy to realize.
    GOOD: The criminal mind is not always easy to understand.
    BAD: I didn't realize the meaning of 'junk mail'.
    GOOD: I didn't understand the meaning of 'junk mail'.
    KNOW · REALIZE · RECOGNIZE · UNDERSTAND
    Know be aware of a fact or particular piece of information: ‘Do you know their new telephone number?’ ‘I know she’s fond of you. She told me so herself.’
    Realize suddenly become aware of a fact or the true meaning of something, especially because you have though about it or received new information about it: ‘I suddenly realized that the thumping I could hear was the sound of my own heart.’ ‘It was only when I saw the expression on the doctor’s face that I realized the seriousness of her illness.’
    Recognize know what something is because you have seen/heard/smelled it before; know who someone is because you have seen them before: ‘I’m sorry I didn’t recognize you - you’ve had your hair cut!’
    Understand know what something means, what causes something, how something operates, how someone feels etc: ‘I’ve never really understood physics.’ ‘Such behaviour is very difficult to understand.’
    2
    BAD: The school year is divided into three terms, as you realize.
    GOOD: The school year is divided into three terms, as you know.
    BAD: Nobody realized whether he was coming.
    GOOD: Nobody knew whether he was coming.
    See Language Note above
    3
    BAD: Our own mistakes are sometimes difficult to realize.
    GOOD: Our own mistakes are sometimes difficult to recognize.
    BAD: I'm sure you will realize the song when you hear it.
    GOOD: I'm sure you will recognize the song when you hear it.
    See Language Note above
    4
    BAD: The headmaster realized his threat and sent the children home.
    GOOD: The headmaster carried out his threat and sent the children home.
    BAD: Many people in developing countries do not realize family planning.
    GOOD: Many people in developing countries do not practise family planning.
    When realize means 'make something actually happen or become real', it is usually used with words such as ambition, intention, expectation, hope, dream, fear : 'I feel confident that the high expectations I have of my new job will be realized.'

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