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 Allies among the Group of Seven major industrial nations have shown differing levels of comfort with Biden’s calls to persuade fellow democratic leaders to present a more unified front to compete economically with Beijing. Aamer Madhani, ajc, 20 Sep. 2021 Allies among the Group of Seven major industrial nations have shown differing levels of comfort with Biden’s calls to persuade fellow democratic leaders to present a more unified front to compete economically with Beijing. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Sep. 2021 Utano expressed pride in the union's efforts to persuade the authority to provide the benefit because transit workers had to keep working through the early months of the pandemic. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 15 Sep. 2021 Biden's move comes after months of attempts to persuade the unvaccinated -- PRES. NBC News, 12 Sep. 2021 President Biden has pledged to halve the nation’s emissions by 2030 and is hoping to persuade other world leaders that the United States has a plan to get there. New York Times, 8 Sep. 2021 Yuan accompanied Chen to France to persuade French experts to take on the construction. Eva Dou, Pei Lin Wu, Quentin Aries, Rebecca Tan, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Sep. 2021 Over the years, the predictable arguments on both sides have lost the power to persuade. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 3 Sep. 2021 One of Nevermore Academy's most popular students, Bianca descends from a long line of Sirens with a mesmerizing power to persuade. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 28 Aug. 2021

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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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25 Sep 2021

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“Persuade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persuade. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for persuade

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 : convince

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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