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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Recent Examples on the Web Shaming someone is not the same thing as persuading them. Wired Staff, Wired, "Presidential Candidates on the Disunited State of America," 15 Jan. 2020 Zwicky happened to be a friend of Schmidt and persuaded him to build it and sell it to Caltech for a low price. Freeman Dyson, The New York Review of Books, "The Power of Morphological Thinking," 7 Jan. 2020 Dan, in the 1970s, was about to purchase his own dealership when he was persuaded to join the family firm. Los Angeles Times, "L.A.’s best logo belongs to Western Truck Exchange. Prove us wrong," 2 Jan. 2020 Regulators needed to be persuaded that Roche wasn’t just buying Spark and its hemophilia A treatment, currently in clinical studies, to thwart a potential competitor for Roche’s existing hemophilia drug. BostonGlobe.com, "Chief executive Sumit Singh," 26 Dec. 2019 That's what Lee Friedlander learned after Bans was persuaded to put her in the director's chair on the set of last season's Good Girls. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "TV Director Lands "Break of a Lifetime" With NBC's Female Forward Initiative," 16 Dec. 2019 But a 2018 analysis of a Texas incentive program found that only 15% of companies that received tax breaks were persuaded to locate in the state based on the incentive. Sara Sneath, ProPublica, "Chemical Companies Are Building Their Plants Overseas and Shipping Them Back In. They Still Get State Tax Breaks.," 6 Dec. 2019 Petersen spent was finally persuaded to leave Boise State in 2013 after growing the Broncos into a national powerhouse over eight seasons. Tim Booth, chicagotribune.com, "Washington’s Chris Petersen resigns, Jimmy Lake to take over," 2 Dec. 2019 Petersen was finally persuaded to leave Boise State in 2013 after growing the Broncos into a national powerhouse over eight seasons. Tim Booth, The Denver Post, "Washington’s Chris Petersen resigns, Jimmy Lake to take over," 2 Dec. 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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The first known use of persuade was in the 15th century

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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Persuade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persuading. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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More Definitions for persuade

persuade

verb
How to pronounce persuade (audio)

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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