persuade

verb
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.
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Another Redditor theory predicts Dany’s remaining dragons will die in the North, and the Night King will persuade her to become his Night Queen so she can be reunited with her children. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Will Daenerys Turn Evil on 'Game of Thrones? Let's Dig Deep Into This Theory," 19 Apr. 2019 Coincidentally, Eric might also get offered a dream job in the city, which might persuade them to leave LA. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'NCIS: Los Angeles' Sparks Concern That the Show Might Be Ending," 14 Apr. 2019 Archie’s visited by the deeply annoying ghosts of Cassidy and his pals along with Warden Norton, who persuades him to play a round of Griffins & Gargoyles, because why not, y’know? Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Just Came Dangerously Close to Killing Archie," 17 Jan. 2019 In order to be successful, a campaign has to find people who are likely to support the candidate, inform them of the race, persuade them to support her, and finally turn them out to vote on Election Day. Katie Turner, Teen Vogue, "Being a Field Director, Explained," 20 July 2018 The deputies spoke with the man and persuaded him to come down. Jennifer Walter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deputies save man from jumping off Hoan Bridge," 13 July 2018 Shriver is now the chairman of Special Olympics, but only after Loretta persuaded him to leave his home in New Haven, Connecticut, and come to Washington, D.C. to take on the position. Alice George, Smithsonian, "For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stage," 10 July 2018 Young men who have worked with the program typically say that what persuaded them to participate was the outreach workers’ persistence, Baldwin said. Yvonne Wenger, latimes.com, "Nonprofit group begins relentless pursuit of Baltimore's most dangerous young men — to change them," 4 July 2018 Young men who have worked with the program typically say that what persuaded them to participate was the outreach workers’ persistence, Baldwin said. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "Nonprofit Roca begins relentless pursuit of Baltimore's most dangerous young men — to change them," 4 July 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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persuade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of persuade

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

persuade

verb
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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