dis·suade | \ di-ˈswād \
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dissuade


deter, discourage, inhibit


encourage, persuade

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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

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However, that is unlikely to dissuade Silva - who has the financial backing of Everton's management - or Mourinho, who previously worked with the Austrian at Internazionale. SI.com, "Marko Arnautovic Speaks Out on Man Utd Links as Everton Join Chase for West Ham Star," 3 June 2018 But her statement was also a confusing, incomplete admission that is unlikely to dissuade concerns about Reid’s journalistic credibility, and that undercut an otherwise revealing lesson. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Joy Reid’s Missed Opportunity," 29 Apr. 2018 The inspector general did not try to dissuade Republican lawmakers of their concerns. Paula Reid, CBS News, "FBI agent Peter Strzok escorted from agency amid disciplinary proceedings," 19 June 2018 Corker has talked with the President about his amendment and Trump had tried to dissuade Corker from pushing for it, to no avail. Lauren Fox, Phil Mattingly And Manu Raju, CNN, "Corker slams GOP colleagues: 'We might poke the bear!'," 12 June 2018 But Retting does not believe the collapse of the FIU pedestrian bridge will dissuade engineers in Florida – or around the country – from pursuing these kinds of ambitious and innovative projects to solve pedestrian safety issues. Scott Rodd, The Christian Science Monitor, "Florida addresses pedestrian fatalities with engineering strategy," 16 May 2018 Sound of Music’’ fan, not a word of this has dissuaded you from seeing the show. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "There’s no solving a problem like ‘The Sound of Music’," 3 May 2018 In one heated exchange between the two men before February's Winter Olympics in South Korea, Kelly strongly — and successfully — dissuaded Trump from ordering the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the Korean peninsula, according to two officials. NBC News, "Kelly thinks he's saving U.S. from disaster, calls Trump 'idiot,' say White House staffers," 30 Apr. 2018 The community leader tried to dissuade them from accusations against the Red Cross, but he was beaten up for his trouble. Longreads, "Where Have You Hidden the Cholera?," 5 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dissuade

: to convince (someone) not to do something


dis·suade | \ di-ˈswād \
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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