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.
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.
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