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persuade

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verb per·suade \pər-ˈswād\

Simple Definition of persuade

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

  • : to cause (someone) to believe something

Full Definition of persuade

per·suad·edper·suad·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move by argument, entreaty, or expostulation to a belief, position, or course of action

  3. 2 :  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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