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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web Kennedy’s staffers tried to gently persuade him to travel instead to a place where the Democratic candidate was within striking distance. BostonGlobe.com, "As the 2018 midterm elections approached, Democratic candidates around the country wanted Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III’s help.," 17 Sep. 2019 However, United may at least be able to rely on Maguire’s close personal relationship with Maddison to help persuade him that his future should lie at Old Trafford. SI.com, "Man Utd Tipped to Bid for Leicester Midfielder James Maddison Next Summer," 16 Sep. 2019 As Davis recounted in his 1998 book, Shadows in the Sun, the Inuit man's family had taken away his tools in a vain attempt to persuade him to leave the ice and join them in a settlement. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Knives made of frozen feces don’t make the cut, disproving well-known legend," 16 Sep. 2019 Lyndon Johnson famously pushed then Fed Chair William Martin up against a wall while trying to persuade him to lower rates. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "Trump Wants Negative Rates Now–and It Could End Up Costing You," 12 Sep. 2019 Vesna Nestorovic, the center’s medical coordinator, said staffers sometimes phone stubborn husbands to persuade them to allow their wives to return for follow-up care. David Zucchino, New York Times, "At a Maternity Center Near a War Zone, 20 Births in One Day," 12 Sep. 2019 Last year the American president withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal shortly after Mr Macron visited Washington, hoping to persuade him otherwise. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron reclaims France’s international role," 29 Aug. 2019 Police implored the gunman to surrender, at one point patching in his lawyer on the phone with him to try to persuade him to give up, Ross said. Christina Paciolla, sun-sentinel.com, "Philadelphia gunman in custody after hourslong standoff," 15 Aug. 2019 Police implored the gunman to surrender, at one point patching in his lawyer on the phone with him to try to persuade him to give up, Ross said. Dallas News, "Suspect in custody after injuring several officers in shooting in Philadelphia, police say," 14 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'persuade.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about persuade

Statistics for persuade

Last Updated

25 Oct 2019

Time Traveler for persuade

The first known use of persuade was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for persuade

persuade

verb
How to pronounce persuade (audio)

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on persuade

What made you want to look up persuade? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

the exactly right word or phrasing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Pass the Little Ribbons: A Pasta Word Quiz

  • rotelle pasta
  • Match the pasta to its meaning in English: Rotelle
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!