verb dis·suade \di-ˈswād\

: to convince (someone) not to do something


Full Definition of DISSUADE

transitive verb
a :  to advise (a person) against something
b archaic :  to advise against (an action)
:  to turn from something by persuasion <unable to dissuade him from going>
dis·suad·er noun

Examples of DISSUADE

  1. Our warnings did not dissuade them.
  2. <tried to dissuade her from her intention to drop out of college>

Origin of DISSUADE

Middle French or Latin; Middle French dissuader, from Latin dissuadēre, from dis- + suadēre to urge — more at sweet
First Known Use: 15th century

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DISSUADE Defined for Kids


verb dis·suade \di-ˈswād\

Definition of DISSUADE for Kids

:  to persuade or advise not to do something <“Don't attempt to dissuade me. I see my duty.” — Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg>


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