per·suade | \ pər-ˈswād \
persuaded; persuading

Definition of persuade 

transitive verb

1 : to move by argument, entreaty, or expostulation to a belief, position, or course of action

2 : to plead with : urge

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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.
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The strongest competition might be found outside the ropes as tournaments try to persuade the most appealing players not to take time off during their events. Doug Ferguson,, "Ferguson: PGA Championship move to May crucial to Tour's schedule tweaks," 11 July 2018 Michael Domnitz, a fellow student at the time, remembers meeting Bobby and trying to persuade him that his identical double, a fellow named Eddy Galland, was enrolled at the college the previous year. J.r. Jones, Chicago Reader, "Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers," 5 July 2018 Eyal has spent much of the past year quietly visiting the country's biggest tech companies and trying to persuade top executives to install safeguards to help chronically addicted users. William Wan, Houston Chronicle, "Rebel developers are trying to cure our smartphone addiction - with an app," 17 June 2018 The price to Macron’s standing has now been compounded by Trump’s decision last week to withdraw from the Iran accord, after Macron went to Washington last month, in part, to try to persuade the US president to preserve it. Adam Nossiter,, "Macron’s bromance with Trump takes its toll at home," 17 May 2018 But despite their promises and appeals – and statements of support by Trump's own military advisers and a number of U.S. lawmakers who previously had objected to the deal – the Europeans were unable to persuade the president. Author: Karen Deyoung, Anne Gearan, David Nakamura, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump expected dump Iran nuclear deal," 8 May 2018 Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in April that the Trump administration was still deciding whether the deal can be improved enough to persuade the president that it should be kept. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Iran nuclear deal: What is it?," 8 May 2018 During his White House visit in April, Macron attempted to persuade the president to keep the U.S. on board with the deal. Beatrice Dupuy, Teen Vogue, "President Donald Trump Announced He's Pulling Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal," 8 May 2018 What if Macron can't persuade other European governments (Italy is very skeptical) to sign up to his four pillars? Tim Lister, CNN, "How the 'insane' Iranian nuclear deal might survive," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of persuade

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for persuade

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

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English Language Learners Definition of persuade

: to cause (someone) to do something by asking, arguing, or giving reasons

: to cause (someone) to believe something


per·suade | \ pər-ˈswād \
persuaded; persuading

Kids Definition of persuade

: to win over to a belief or way of acting : convince The weather report persuaded me to stay home.

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