Definition of persuade
1 : to move by argument, entreaty, or expostulation to a belief, position, or course of action
2 : to plead with : urge
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.
Recent Examples of persuade from the Web
Barry persuaded the 66-year-old Danner to drop a pair of scissors, police said.
Four Sioux tribes in the Dakotas are still fighting in federal court in Washington, D.C., hoping to persuade a judge to shut down the line.
Persons close to Epstein have said his ability to persuade his bosses to change some of their behaviors helped him to build the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs into World Series champions.
The two-week window for the governor’s action allows Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R-Land O’Lakes, to persuade Scott not to be punitive with lawmakers who handed him one of the most embarrassing political defeats of his career.
But critics from both parties have said the lack of progress is a reflection in part of Trump’s inability to marshal votes or persuade lawmakers to follow his lead.
For decades, most movement conservatives either liked Fox News and right-wing talk radio, or persuaded themselves that their excesses and pathologies didn’t matter.
Reports that Russia used cyberattacks and disinformation to meddle in the American election have persuaded many that Moscow runs a sophisticated influence machine.
Alexion set out to persuade doctors to test more frequently for PNH and aHUS—and to find a way to glimpse these test results, which traditionally have been shared only among the patient, the doctor ordering the test, and the lab.
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PERSUADE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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