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 Cassie Burke, a barista who had been leading the effort to unionize the Pace Boulevard location, said in a Twitter thread that the loss shouldn’t dissuade others from trying to unionize. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Sep. 2022 Alabama and Georgia were the heavy favorites to meet again in the SEC Championship at the end of the season, and there’s nothing that happened in Week 1 that would dissuade you from believing that will happen. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, 4 Sep. 2022 To the contrary, some policymakers have indicated that even a recession would not dissuade them if inflation is not convincingly heading back to the Fed’s 2% target. Reuters, NBC News, 26 Aug. 2022 The American Psychiatric Association on Wednesday said stigmatizing people with mental illness could dissuade them from seeking treatment. Julie Wernau, WSJ, 1 June 2022 At the camp Jonas greeted new arrivals by train, orienting them and trying to dissuade thoughts of suicide. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2022 Still, the unusual circumstances around the store closure highlight the high-stakes battle as a wave of retail workers try to unionize and supposedly progressive employers trying to dissuade them. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 19 Aug. 2022 The cost of seismic and environmental refurbishments that would have been mandated by federal regulators if PG&E had gone through with its original plan to seek an extension of its license helped to dissuade the utility from moving forward. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 16 Aug. 2022 Some drug industry observers theorize that approving the booster that targeted BA.1, which was dominant in the U.S.in January, would dissuade pharma companies from expediting one that was focused on BA.4 and BA.5. Fortune, 15 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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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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