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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But the moves that paved the way, and helped make the push for McCoy were a message from Hurney, head coach Ron Rivera and from each player who helped persuade him to come to Carolina: Goodbye, mediocrity. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Addition of McCoy makes Panthers a true contender, arriving at the perfect time," 3 June 2019 Her manager persuaded her to turn the property into a hotel as a source of income. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 Her mother, a hairdresser, finally persuaded her to enroll in a drug-treatment center. Jason Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Migrants were welcome in Macerata, before a murder," 7 July 2018 Her husband, who also serves as her coach, persuaded her to continue and a part-time move from New York to east Texas, to be closer to where her poles are produced, has left her reinvigorated. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "Shelby Houlihan wins at Prefontaine Classic while Caster Semenya dismisses talk of IAAF gender rules," 26 May 2018 Negotiators have been trying to persuade the man to come outside since. Lyndsay Winkley, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Man suspected of felony domestic violence prompts SWAT standoff," 22 May 2018 The tie-up comes as even the biggest retailers come under intense pressure from Internet rivals, with convenience and low prices persuading more people to shop online through sites like Amazon. BostonGlobe.com, "No more plastic straws in Seattle," 2 July 2018 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

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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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