dissuade

verb dis·suade \ di-ˈswād \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of dissuade

dissuaded; dissuading
1 a : 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

dissuader

noun

Examples of dissuade in a Sentence

  1. Our warnings did not dissuade them.

  2. tried to dissuade her from her intention to drop out of college

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Origin and Etymology of dissuade

Middle French or Latin; Middle French dissuader, from Latin dissuadēre, from dis- + suadēre to urge — more at sweet

dissuade Synonyms

Synonyms

deter, discourage, inhibit;

Antonyms

encourage, persuade;

Near Antonyms

egg (on), exhort, goad, prod, urge;

impel, induce, prompt;

Related Words

divert;

unsell;

repel;


DISSUADE Defined for English Language Learners

dissuade

Definition of dissuade for English Language Learners

  • : to convince (someone) not to do something


DISSUADE Defined for Kids

dissuade

verb dis·suade \ di-ˈswād \

Definition of dissuade for Students

dissuaded; dissuading
: 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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