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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Recent Examples on the Web The strategies are meant to persuade Minnesota's unvaccinated to finally get their shots at a time when the pace of COVID-19 immunizations has slowed significantly. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, "Minnesota gets creative in COVID-19 vaccine outreach," 8 May 2021 In Detroit, officials began going door-to-door to persuade residents to get immunized. Bobby Caina Calvan And Heather Hollingsworth, chicagotribune.com, "COVID-19 restrictions easing in US and Europe amid a disaster in India," 3 May 2021 In Detroit, teams from the city's health department have knocked on nearly 5,000 doors since the weekend to persuade people to get immunized. Arkansas Online, "Restrictions easing in U.S. and Europe amid disaster in India," 3 May 2021 With vaccination rates lagging in red states, Republican leaders have stepped up efforts to persuade their supporters to get the shot, at times combating misinformation spread by some of their own. BostonGlobe.com, "GOP seeks to convince vaccine skeptics within its own ranks," 1 May 2021 With vaccination rates lagging in red states, Republican leaders have stepped up efforts to persuade their supporters to get the shot, at times combating misinformation spread by some of their own. Will Weissert, Anchorage Daily News, "GOP seeks to convince vaccine skeptics within its own ranks," 1 May 2021 Challenges await the president, who is trying to persuade hesitant Americans to get Covid-19 vaccines and grappling with an influx of migrants on the southern border. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Biden’s Challenge: Pushing His Agenda in Congress as Window Narrows," 29 Apr. 2021 In his east Orange County neighborhood, where the Episcopal priest had worked for months to persuade the largely Latino population to get vaccinated, residents due for their second dose of Moderna were backing out. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "In Central Florida, vaccine demand is waning. Is hesitancy to blame?," 22 Apr. 2021 Southern HealthCare Management, which operates 26 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities across Florida, first offered $25 gift cards to persuade workers to get vaccinated, said Thomas O’Neill, vice president of program development. Adelaide Chen, sun-sentinel.com, "Many long-term care staffers refused the vaccine. Now they have more infections than residents.," 10 Apr. 2021

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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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16 May 2021

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“Persuade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persuade. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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