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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Other Words from dissuade

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 Some White House advisers see it as a feature rather than a bug of their policy process, arguing that the risk of further crackdowns will dissuade American companies from operating in China. Ana Swanson, New York Times, "Trump’s Orders on WeChat and TikTok Are Uncertain. That May Be the Point.," 7 Aug. 2020 Linick had appeared before investigators in June and said top department officials tried to bully him and dissuade his office from conducting a review of a multibillion dollar arms sale to Saudi Arabia before he was fired. Matthew Lee, Star Tribune, "State Department watchdog resigns after predecessor's ouster," 5 Aug. 2020 But now Samples doesn’t dissuade players from seeking outside help. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "With high school football activities suspended, Dallas-area players are turning to third-party groups to stay active," 2 Aug. 2020 Unfortunately, the company doesn’t offer a return policy, which could dissuade those new to Tempur-Pedic products from investing in such a pricey pillow. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Pillows for All Sleeping Positions," 29 July 2020 To dissuade folks from gathering in large crowds, Macy’s is hosting a series of smaller displays throughout the five boroughs of New York City (the locations and timing of the smaller displays are not being announced beforehand). Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Is Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Show Canceled This Year? Here's the Scoop," 2 July 2020 Agencies like the Small Business Administration and state unemployment systems will be severely taxed, and conservatives fear that a new, generous unemployment benefit will dissuade jobless people from returning to the workforce. Darlene Superville, The Denver Post, "Trump signs $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus after swift congressional votes," 27 Mar. 2020 For the uninitiated, hydrocolloid patches absorb spot secretions to promote healing and dissuade picking. Daniela Morosini, refinery29.com, "Starface Wants To Change The Way We See Our Acne," 8 July 2020 Does someone break into her cabin and ruin her garden to dissuade her from investigating? Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Ottessa Moshfegh’s Pursuit of Disgust," 23 June 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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11 Aug 2020

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“Dissuade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissuade. Accessed 11 Aug. 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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