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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The Sacklers and Purdue officials had hoped to persuade 35 attorneys general to back the current settlement proposal. Jef Feeley, Fortune, "Purdue Pharma’s $10 Billion Bankruptcy Plan to Settle Opioid Epidemic Claims Heads to Court," 16 Sep. 2019 Both TeamHealth and Envision Healthcare have a presence in the state and the Birmingham metropolitan area, and tens of thousands of dollars are being spent so far this month in an attempt to persuade viewers. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Shadowy group behind Birmingham surprise medical bill ads unmasked," 14 Sep. 2019 And many fear Ms Warren and Mr Sanders are too left-wing to persuade the general electorate to do that. Lexington | Washington, The Economist, "The third Democratic primary debate thins the field," 13 Sep. 2019 Inter Miami owner and football legend David Beckham has made contact with Lionel Messi in an attempt to persuade the Barcelona star to finish his career in Major League Soccer. SI.com, "David Beckham 'Contacts' Barcelona Legend Lionel Messi About Potential Future MLS Move," 11 Sep. 2019 Academics and political strategists say digital ads don’t do much to persuade voters to switch candidates. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "The Myths of the “Genius” Behind Trump’s Reelection Campaign," 11 Sep. 2019 Fortunately for all of her fans, director Lorene Scafaria was eventually able to persuade Lopez to stay with the project by postponing production. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Says Stripping in Hustlers Was a 'Brand-New Feeling': You're 'Practically Naked'," 5 Sep. 2019 After learning of her heartbreaking story, West began to look into Johnson’s case and, with a team of lawyers, went to the White House to persuade the president to pardon her. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West’s First Skims Model is Alice Marie Johnson, The Woman She Freed From Prison," 29 Aug. 2019 Unlike broadcast propaganda or direct marketing, this approach also uses the self-reinforcing qualities of the algorithm to learn what works best to persuade and nudge each individual. Wired Opinion, WIRED, "AI Algorithms Need FDA-Style Drug Trials," 15 Aug. 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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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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