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 The Amtrak was meant to dissuade car usage, especially when commuting. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, 20 July 2021 However, early regulations will not dissuade companies from investing in transformative technology. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 26 May 2021 These factors could dissuade Democrats from jumping into a race early. Joshua Jamerson, WSJ, 19 May 2021 Kiboshing the Olympics could dissuade other cities from wanting to host future Games, thereby jeopardizing the IOC’s very existence. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 18 May 2021 Requiring two-factor might dissuade consumers from trying their services, ultimately hurting their business. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, 9 May 2021 Like most long-haul Grand Canyoneers, Zacher had cached food — in sealed, labeled plastic bins, to dissuade theft by wildlife or humans — at strategic points along her route. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 But of all the people who are fully vaccinated — 153 million people so far — with either the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer or Moderna shots, major side effects are too rare to dissuade people from getting the shot. La Risa R. Lynch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 July 2021 The dogs could also dissuade people from going to high-contact spaces while infected. Virginia Langmaid, CNN, 23 May 2021

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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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“Dissuade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissuade. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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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