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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In the first episode, for instance, David tries to dissuade a female suicide bomber wearing a hijab. Caryn James, WSJ, "British Hit ‘Bodyguard’ Is Going Global," 20 Oct. 2018 Borgnes Giramonti recalls one specialist who tried to dissuade them from visiting Delhi’s Nizamuddin Dargah, the 14th-century tomb of a Sufi saint, where devotees sing mesmerizing qawwalis. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Belinda Carlisle and Lisa Borgnes Giramonti 'Go-Go' Around the World Together," 16 Oct. 2018 Nearly all of corporate America opposes President Trump’s tariffs, but this has not dissuaded the president from planning a trade war with China. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Tech Industry Is Fighting Trump—and Mostly Losing," 27 June 2018 Government officials, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, have said that the tougher immigration policies are part of an attempt to dissuade undocumented immigrants, including minors, from entering to the United States illegally. Brenda Medina, miamiherald, "Her daughter spent more than 100 days at an immigrant shelter," 26 June 2018 That hasn’t dissuaded any of the women running for House seats in Alabama. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Black women in Alabama helped defeat Roy Moore. Now they’re running for office in deep-red districts.," 5 June 2018 The attempt to dissuade Mueller from seeking a grand jury subpoena is one of two fronts on which Trump’s lawyers are fighting. BostonGlobe.com, "President Trump’s lawyers seek to avert subpoena from Robert Mueller," 2 June 2018 McLeod said the clean-energy group is not dissuaded by the bill. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "APS goes all out in fight against clean-energy measure," 1 June 2018 Foster, 23, faces charges of domestic violence, forcefully attempting to dissuade a witness and possession of an assault weapon. Heather Tucker, USA TODAY, "Reuben Foster's ex-girlfriend testifies she lied about domestic abuse," 17 May 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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