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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But, as the Public Policy Institute’s report shows, persuading people to register is one thing, while having a wide range of Californians cast ballots is another. John Wildermuth,, "California’s likely voters: They’re older, richer and whiter," 5 Sep. 2019 While Nadelmann and Boyd were eventually persuaded, not everyone was. oregonlive, "How Travis Maurer went from Missouri pot bust to masterminding Oregon’s marijuana initiative," 29 Aug. 2019 Matias had been persuaded to waive his rights under the court order that would have required his children be placed in a home where Spanish, his primary language, was spoken, state officials found. Melissa Sanchez, ProPublica, "In a Disputed Custody Case, the Children of a Spanish-Speaking Father Will Remain With Their Slovak-Speaking Foster Parents," 29 Aug. 2019 But a handful of earlier sites have persuaded many researchers that the coastal route is more likely. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "First people in the Americas came by sea, ancient tools unearthed by Idaho river suggest," 29 Aug. 2019 Investors — at least those buying and selling on Tuesday — weren’t persuaded. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kohl's revenue and same-store sales drop in second quarter, but CEO Michelle Gass upbeat," 20 Aug. 2019 What may be persuading the Fed is that a weakening global economy may negatively impact ours. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Econometer: Should the Fed lower rates?," 27 July 2019 Initially inconsolable, Pence was persuaded by advisers that sticking with Trump was his only option, according to the book. Maureen Groppe, USA TODAY, "Book describes Mike Pence's evolution into Trump's bootlicking `Bobblehead'," 26 July 2019 In 1989 Eshhar was persuaded to spend a sabbatical in the laboratory of pioneering immunotherapist Steve Rosenberg. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019

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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 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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