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Meaning of persuade by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Latin persuādeō ( “I persuade” ) .


    • ( UK ) IPA: /pəˈsweɪd/
    • Rhymes: -eɪd


    persuade ( third-person singular simple present persuades present participle persuading, simple past and past participle persuaded )

    1. ( transitive ) To successfully convince ( someone ) to agree to, accept, or do something, usually through reasoning and verbal influence. Compare sway .
      That salesman was able to persuade me into buying this bottle of lotion .
    2. ( transitive, now rare, dialectal ) To urge, plead; to try to convince ( someone to do something ).



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    • “persuade” in Roget's Thesaurus, T. Y. Crowell Co., 1911 .

Explanation of persuade by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action

    2. You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!
    3. win approval or support for

    Definition of persuade by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Persuade v. t. [imp. & p. p. Persuaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Persuading.] [L. persuadere, persuasum; per + suadere to advise, persuade: cf. F. persuader. See Per-, and Suasion.]
      1. To influence or gain over by argument, advice, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; to draw or incline to a determination by presenting sufficient motives.

      Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. Acts xxvi. 28.

      We will persuade him, be it possible. Shak.

      2. To try to influence. [Obsolescent]

      Hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you. 2 Kings xviii. 32.

      3. To convince by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe.

      Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you. Heb. vi. 9.

      4. To inculcate by argument or expostulation; to advise; to recommend. Jer. Taylor.

      Syn. -- To convince; induce; prevail on; win over; allure; entice. See Convince.

    2. Persuade v. i. To use persuasion; to plead; to prevail by persuasion. Shak.

    3. Persuade, n. Persuasion. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.