per·​suade | \ pər-ˈswād How to pronounce persuade (audio) \
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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Other Words from persuade

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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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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“Persuade.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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per·​suade | \ pər-ˈswād How to pronounce persuade (audio) \
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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