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
Others were persuaded by pro-business associations and a major anti-abortion group, which represent huge GOP constituencies.
Reports from jurors have differed, with some saying that the panel of 12 had been totally split, and another suggesting that Mr. Cosby narrowly escaped conviction because of two holdouts who could not be persuaded of his guilt.
On Monday, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that it was not persuaded by arguments made by Matthew Keys’ defense attorneys.
The commission does not have subpoena powers, so all witnesses will need to be persuaded to attend and testify, Kriha said.
Gary officials have been unable to persuade Walgreen's to keep its store in Miller Beach open, but have learned the company's pharmacy at 2500 Grant St. will remain a 24-hour operation.
Their support could be crucial in persuading the local government to preserve the site and possibly turn it into a fossil footprint park.
Board President Thomas Ace said he was persuaded by the consultant's presentation that the district can fund the improvements through gradual increases.
The deal valued at $13.7 billion unites the company that persuaded people to buy books – and then everything else –
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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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