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Definition of persuade verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    persuade

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//pəˈsweɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsweɪd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they persuade
    BrE BrE//pəˈsweɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsweɪd//
     
    he / she / it persuades
    BrE BrE//pəˈsweɪdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsweɪdz//
     
    past simple persuaded
    BrE BrE//pəˈsweɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsweɪdɪd//
     
    past participle persuaded
    BrE BrE//pəˈsweɪdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsweɪdɪd//
     
    -ing form persuading
    BrE BrE//pəˈsweɪdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//pərˈsweɪdɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  to make somebody 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.
  2. 2  to make somebody 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. Which Word?persuade / convince The main meaning of persuade is to make someone agree to do something by giving them good reasons for doing it:I tried to persuade her to see a doctor. The main meaning of convince is to make someone believe that something is true:He convinced me he was right. It is quite common, however, for each of these words to be used with both meanings, especially for convince to be used as a synonym for persuade:I persuaded/​convinced her to see a doctor. Some speakers of British English think that this is not correct.
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent.: from Latin persuadere, from per- ‘through, to completion’ + suadere ‘advise’.Extra examples Dictators can sometimes be gently persuaded to leave power with special deals that guarantee their safety. He eventually managed to persuade one of the staff to let him in. He somehow persuaded the studio to let him make the film. I am not fully persuaded by these arguments. I was reluctantly persuaded to join the committee. She was easily persuaded to accompany us. She was persuaded into buying an expensive dress. The education minister personally persuaded the prime minister to rethink. There was no way to persuade him out of it. They had difficulty in persuading the two sides to sit down together. We must persuade the government of the need for change. Why not invite Larry, if he can be persuaded out of hibernation? an unsuccessful attempt to persuade her colleagues Can you persuade him to come? Dave gently persuaded the fish close enough to be lifted into the boat. He was fairly easily persuaded. I am still not fully persuaded of the plan’s merit. I’m sure he’ll come with a bit of persuading. It has been difficult to persuade people that we have no political objectives. No one was persuaded by his argument. She had persuaded herself that life wasn’t worth living. She was persuaded into marriage against her will.
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