verb \pər-ˈswād\

: to cause (someone) to do something by asking, arguing, or giving reasons

: to cause (someone) to believe something


Full Definition of PERSUADE

transitive verb
:  to move by argument, entreaty, or expostulation to a belief, position, or course of action
:  to plead with :  urge
per·suad·er noun

Examples of PERSUADE

  1. He persuaded his friend to go back to school.
  2. She couldn't be persuaded to go.
  3. He would not let himself be persuaded into buying the more expensive stereo.
  4. I am not easily persuaded.
  5. They persuaded us that we were wrong.
  6. He persuaded himself that he had made the right choice.

Origin of PERSUADE

Latin persuadēre, from per- thoroughly + suadēre to advise, urge — more at sweet
First Known Use: 15th century


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