persuade

verb

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

transitive verb

1
: to move by argument, entreaty, or expostulation to a belief, position, or course of action
2
: to plead with : urge
persuader noun

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web But Bullock said for some voters, Walker’s scandals could persuade them to vote for Warnock. Erin Mansfield, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2022 Another man testified that after the riot, Mr. Rhodes tried to persuade him to pass along a message to Mr. Trump that urged the president not to give up his fight to hold onto power. The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Nov. 2022 Another man testified that after the riot, Rhodes tried to persuade him to pass along a message to Trump that urged the president not to give up his fight to hold onto power. Orlando Sentinel, 29 Nov. 2022 Another man testified that after the riot, Rhodes tried to persuade him to pass along a message to Trump that urged the president not to give up his fight to hold onto power. Anchorage Daily News, 29 Nov. 2022 Throughout the postelection period, the jury was told, Mr. Rhodes was desperate to get in touch with Mr. Trump and persuade him to take extraordinary measures to maintain power. Zach Montague, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2022 The bombings helped persuade him to turn from detective fiction to spy fiction: bigger canvas, higher stakes. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2022 Coles had been chief aide to President James Madison and tried to persuade him to free his slaves; Madison, whose grandfather had been murdered by a slave, wasn't interested. Michael Barone, Arkansas Online, 28 Nov. 2022 If the seller tries to persuade you to send money directly, that’s a red flag. Jon Healey, Chicago Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

Dictionary Entries Near persuade

Cite this Entry

“Persuade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persuade. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

persuade

verb

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
persuadable
-ˈswād-ə-bəl
adjective
persuader noun

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