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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of persuade

persuadedpersuading

  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

persuader noun

Examples of persuade in a sentence

  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


PERSUADE Defined for Kids

persuade

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verb per·suade \pər-ˈswād\

Definition of persuade for Students

persuadedpersuading

  1. :  to win over to a belief or way of acting :  convince <The weather report persuaded me to stay home.>





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