- 1 to make someone do something by giving them good reasons for doing it persuade somebody to do something Try to persuade him to come. persuade somebody Please try and persuade her. She's always easily persuaded. I'm sure he'll come with a bit of persuading. persuade somebody into something/into doing something I allowed myself to be persuaded into entering the competition.
- 2to make someone believe that something is true synonym convince persuade somebody/yourself that… It will be difficult to persuade them that there's no other choice. She had persuaded herself that life was not worth living. persuade somebody No one was persuaded by his arguments. persuade somebody of something (formal) I am still not fully persuaded of the plan's merits.
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NAmE//pərˈsweɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they persuade
he / she / it persuades
past simple persuaded
-ing form persuading