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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The groups’ quest is to persuade the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which manages the dam, to study how to keep the river flowing if, as their analysis suggests, climate change and overuse push the system to a breaking point in coming years. Brandon Loomis, The Arizona Republic, 4 Aug. 2022 Perhaps the Biden administration could persuade the entrepreneur named Jack Ma to pop up in Silicon Valley or Austin or even Miami. James Freeman, WSJ, 29 July 2022 Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who plays an influential role during periods of political crisis, could persuade Draghi and the parties to patch things back together. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 The incident helped persuade Martin to buy an apartment in a quieter corner of the Bronx. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 12 July 2022 Ultimately, Abe could not persuade the Kremlin to shift its position. Arkansas Online, 10 July 2022 Supply shortages and questions about the quality of disposable gowns may persuade some hospitals to reconsider reusable isolation gowns, which can be laundered about 75 times. Brett Kelman, Scientific American, 5 July 2022 This absurdity apparently did not persuade the other justices to intervene. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 4 July 2022 She was also involved in a brazen effort with Mr. Flynn, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, to persuade the former president to use his national security apparatus to seize voting machines across the country in a bid to stay in office. New York Times, 30 June 2022 See More

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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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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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