persuade

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verb per·suade \pər-ˈswād\

Definition of persuade

persuaded

;

persuading

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to move by argument, entreaty, or expostulation to a belief, position, or course of action

  3. 2 :  to plead with :  urge

persuader

noun

Examples of persuade in a sentence

  1. He persuaded his friend to go back to school.

  2. She couldn't be persuaded to go.

  3. He would not let himself be persuaded into buying the more expensive stereo.

  4. I am not easily persuaded.

  5. They persuaded us that we were wrong.

  6. He persuaded himself that he had made the right choice.

Origin and Etymology of persuade

Latin persuadēre, from per- thoroughly + suadēre to advise, urge — more at sweet


First Known Use: 15th century


PERSUADE Defined for English Language Learners

persuade

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verb per·suade \pər-ˈswād\

Definition of persuade for English Language Learners

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

  • : to cause (someone) to believe something


PERSUADE Defined for Kids

persuade

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verb per·suade \pər-ˈswād\

Definition of persuade for Students

persuaded

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persuading

  1. :  to win over to a belief or way of acting :  convince The weather report persuaded me to stay home.



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