dissuade

verb
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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dissuade

Synonyms

deter, discourage, inhibit

Antonyms

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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Amy was planning to apply for graduate school at the time, but O'Rourke tactfully dissuaded her. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Beto O'Rourke's Wife, Amy O'Rourke, Will Be Central to His Presidential Campaign," 15 Mar. 2019 At first glance, Seattle’s reputation for rain and gray skies may dissuade families from checking out all that the city has to offer. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 Democrats are hoping that the documents could reveal something that could dissuade a Republican from voting for the nominee. Natalie Andrews, WSJ, "Schumer to Meet With Kavanaugh—but says Democrats Are Ready to Sue for More Records," 16 Aug. 2018 According to the document, the grand jury found that several diocesan administrators, including bishops, dissuaded victims from reporting abuse and sometimes pressured law enforcement to end or avoid investigations. Mark Scolforo, Fox News, "Report: Church leaders pressured victims, cops over abuse," 3 Aug. 2018 Education groups argue that less generous retirement funds may dissuade younger people from becoming teachers. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Kentucky governor apologizes for comments suggesting kids were sexually assaulted while teachers protested," 16 Apr. 2018 Kuentz said that just because the Boy Scouts of America Organization is welcoming girls, doesn't mean that girls should be dissuaded from joining Girl Scouts. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Dearborn pack gets its first female Cub Scouts as group welcomes girls," 2 May 2018 At first, Cyrus tried to stop the auction, offering cash to Sears to dissuade it from flooding the market with cheap notes. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Sears Bankruptcy Battle Tests Swaps Market," 19 Dec. 2018 Don't let the black and white aspect dissuade you from watching this truly LOL-worthy film. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "12 Best Comedy Movies to Binge-Watch on Netflix RN," 18 Aug. 2017

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dissuade

: to convince (someone) not to do something

dissuade

verb
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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