reason with

phrasal verb

reasoned with; reasoning with; reasons with
: to talk with (someone) in a sensible way in order to try to change that person's thoughts or behavior
They tried to reason with him, but he wouldn't listen.

Examples of reason with in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kennedy could see officers on the other side of the door pointing guns at the protesters as Republican lawmakers tried to reason with the mob. Daniel Desrochers, Kansas City Star, 3 Apr. 2024 Like many politicians, Khan is trying to reason with a maelstrom of unreason. Peter Guest, WIRED, 26 Mar. 2024 Meanwhile, the muscular man was trying to reason with the bread vender. Mohammed Naseehu Ali, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Trying to reason with someone like that is like trying to hand-feed a shark. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 26 Feb. 2024 In Taipei, some residents see little point in trying to reason with Beijing. Lily Kuo, Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2024 In Honor of the Service Dog Who Saved His Life, This Veteran Funds Care to Keep Others' Service Dogs Healthy After the festivities and visit, the family returned to the U.S., where Zafar tried to reason with her mom. Susan Young, Peoplemag, 9 Dec. 2023 For historic reasons with roots in Reconstruction and the Jim Crow era, heirs’ property in urban areas is disproportionately found in neighborhoods with high concentrations of Black residents. Amelia Winger, Miami Herald, 26 Jan. 2024 Feed-forward networks reason with vector math Recent research from Brown University revealed an elegant example of how feed-forward layers help to predict the next word. Timothy B. Lee and Sean Trott, Ars Technica, 31 July 2023

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“Reason with.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reason%20with. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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