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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In order to win the necessary vote, a political leader has to persuade all the opposition parties plus independents and in particular rebel Tories to vote in the same lobby. John O'sullivan, National Review, "Brexit: The Rubik’s Cube of British Politics," 12 Aug. 2019 His job was to persuade the locals to forget that, and just leave. The Economist, "Obituary: Sutopo Purwo Nugroho died on July 7th," 10 Aug. 2019 They are designed to persuade players with potential to stay connected with the NBA in its developmental G League rather than take overseas deals. Buddy Collings,, "Basketball: Chealey signs NBA deal, Glover picks Fresno State, state tourney stays in Lakeland," 9 Aug. 2019 Proposals include increasing the productivity of land, wasting less food and persuading more people to shift their diets away from cattle and other types of meat. Christopher Flavelle,, "U.N.: Climate change worsens threat to world’s food supply," 8 Aug. 2019 To watch the youngsters aged 7- to 18-years-old hold the leads, use their hips to persuade a heifer to move or stop, hold its dewlap for control, keep its front feet in line, or its back legs apart, is a study in animal husbandry. Denise Coffey,, "Connecticut’s Fair Season Starts," 7 Aug. 2019 An international ad campaign persuaded young people to pilgrimage across countries and continents to attend. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Woodstock Can Never Happen Again," 6 Aug. 2019 Last week, Trump voiced his all-caps dismay at being unable to persuade Swedish authorities to drop the assault charges against Rocky. Robyn Merrett,, "A$AP Rocky Pleads Not Guilty to Assault as High Profile Trial Begins in Sweden," 30 July 2019 But Meyer persuaded the judge that that confidentiality did not attach during a taped police interview, a process during which the defense feels the counselor may have steered questions and responses. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Credibility and consent at issue in sexual assault trial of former Badger Quintez Cephus," 29 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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