dis·​suade | \ di-ˈswād How to pronounce dissuade (audio) \
dissuaded; dissuading

Definition of dissuade

transitive verb

1a : to advise (a person) against something dissuading us from base thoughts, low ends, ignoble gains …— A. T. Quiller-Couch
b archaic : to advise against (an action)
2 : to turn from something by persuasion unable to dissuade him from going

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dissuader noun

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Examples of dissuade in a Sentence

Our warnings did not dissuade them. tried to dissuade her from her intention to drop out of college
Recent Examples on the Web Hotels have always fascinated me, and there was no dissuading me from making this my life. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "When a Hotel Is Home: 10 Insiders on Living With Room Service," 14 May 2020 His statement has done little to dissuade critics, who have questioned his ethics and called for his resignation. Los Angeles Times, "‘They’re all tainted by it.’ Federal corruption cases deal new blow to trust in City Hall," 1 Apr. 2020 Damp conditions, dark skies and chilly temperatures do little to dissuade Portland’s most passionate bike commuters. oregonlive, "Bike commuter gift guide: Top holiday picks for daily cyclists," 19 Nov. 2019 Mueller’s investigation did little to dissuade Trump about the impropriety of accepting election help from a foreign government. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: Trump sees few limits in bid for reelection," 23 Sep. 2019 So far, unhappiness with the structures has done little to dissuade company founders from putting them in place. Maureen Farrell And Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Lyft Founders to Tighten Grip With Supervoting Shares in IPO," 12 Feb. 2019 But holding his Throne Speech in Al Hoceima was a bold way to dissuade the population against the protest movement while telling public servants to fix the problems. Fox News, "Moroccan king criticizes social programs after protests," 30 July 2018 Miami wasn’t dissuaded by the decline in Davis’ statistics in his final two seasons at Alabama. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Raekwon Davis keeps Tua Tagovailoa as teammate with Miami Dolphins," 29 Apr. 2020 Morris warns him repeatedly that no good can come of it, but Garrett is hellbent on opening the loan market to deserving black folks and won't be dissuaded by his wife (Nia Long) or partner. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Banker' yields a modest return on Apple's first bite at movies," 6 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of dissuade

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for dissuade

Middle French or Latin; Middle French dissuader, from Latin dissuadēre, from dis- + suadēre to urge — more at sweet

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29 May 2020

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“Dissuade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissuade. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dissuade

: to convince (someone) not to do something


dis·​suade | \ di-ˈswād How to pronounce dissuade (audio) \
dissuaded; dissuading

Kids Definition of dissuade

: 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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