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.
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
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
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