persuade

verb
per·​suade | \ pər-ˈswād How to pronounce persuade (audio) \
persuaded; persuading

Essential Meaning of persuade

1 : to cause (someone) to do something by asking, arguing, or giving reasons He persuaded his friend to go back to school. She couldn't be persuaded to go. See More ExamplesHe would not let himself be persuaded into buying the more expensive stereo. I am not easily persuaded.Hide
2 : to cause (someone) to believe something : convince They persuaded us that we were wrong. He persuaded himself that he had made the right choice.

Full 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Facilities would have 30 days to persuade holdouts to get vaccinated or replace them with vaccinated workers. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2021 The other question is longer-term: what to do with evacuees ultimately deemed ineligible to come to the United States if diplomatic efforts fail to persuade other countries to take them in. Arkansas Online, 24 Oct. 2021 The other question is longer-term: what to do with evacuees ultimately deemed ineligible to come to the United States if diplomatic efforts fail to persuade other countries to take them in. New York Times, 23 Oct. 2021 The Department of Justice's new and forceful plea for intervention offers Roberts another chance to persuade his colleagues to take a more deliberative approach to a subject that incites cultural, social and religious passions. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 19 Oct. 2021 With its latest offering, the company will need to offer terms that persuade customers to take on the cost and complexity of another aircraft type. Julie Johnsson, Bloomberg.com, 6 Oct. 2021 The county’s new ad campaign focuses on trust between patients and their physician as a means to persuade people to take their own doctor’s advice. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, 20 Sep. 2021 However, they were allowed to persuade tens of thousands of employees to take buyouts, early retirement or leaves of absence. David Koenig, ajc, 5 July 2021 However, they were allowed to persuade tens of thousands of employees to take buyouts, early retirement or leaves of absence. David Koenig, USA TODAY, 5 July 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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“Persuade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/persuade. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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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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