per·​suade pər-ˈswād How to pronounce persuade (audio)
persuaded; persuading

transitive verb

: to move by argument, entreaty, or expostulation to a belief, position, or course of action
: to plead with : urge
persuader noun

Examples of persuade in a Sentence

He persuaded his friend to go back to school. She couldn't be persuaded to go. He would not let himself be persuaded into buying the more expensive stereo. I am not easily persuaded. They persuaded us that we were wrong. He persuaded himself that he had made the right choice. See More
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Word History


Latin persuadēre, from per- thoroughly + suadēre to advise, urge — more at sweet

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of persuade was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Persuade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


per·​suade pər-ˈswād How to pronounce persuade (audio)
persuaded; persuading
: to win over to a belief or to a course of action by argument or earnest request
persuader noun

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