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


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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Their goal was to make the journey so dangerous — by curtailing search-and-rescue missions, restricting aid groups, even closing their ports to emergency rescue vessels — that migrants would be dissuaded from setting out in the first place. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "Trump’s Immigration Approach Isn’t New: Europe and Australia Went First," 18 July 2019 For parents not dissuaded by the FDA’s concerns, there are also high international shipping rates and premium product pricing to consider. Maggie Winterfeldt Clark, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area moms circumvent FDA with imported European infant formulas," 12 July 2019 Fortunately for the city of Denver, the state of Colorado and the entire Rocky Mountain region, Bowlen was not dissuaded and eventually purchased the Broncos. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Pat Bowlen dies: Hall of Fame Broncos owner was 75," 14 June 2019 On a more practical front, a de facto endorsement of the Republican party might isolate politically liberal Catholics who might otherwise have sought to attend the institution but were dissuaded by overt political leanings. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "When Betsy DeVos Comes to a Catholic Campus," 8 May 2018 In her texts to Roy, Carter went from initially fearful over Roy's actions and dissuading him from hurting himself to supporting him and actively abetting him. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Did Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy III Meet?," 8 July 2019 Earlier this year, Philadelphia became the first city to ban cashless stores, despite efforts by Amazon to dissuade it. Alexandra Olson, The Seattle Times, "As cashless stores grow, so does the backlash," 14 Apr. 2019 The backlash, however, has done little to dissuade the father. Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "Father, son ‘all-in’ on teen’s bid for eSports stardom," 6 July 2019 The more likely explanation is that the Trump administration hoped to dissuade immigrant and non-citizen participation in the Census. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Seems Oddly Ambivalent About Being Lied To," 27 June 2019

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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 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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