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[per-sweyd] /pərˈsweɪd/
verb (used with object), persuaded, persuading.
to prevail on (a person) to do something, as by advising or urging:
We could not persuade him to wait.
to induce to believe by appealing to reason or understanding; convince:
to persuade the judge of the prisoner's innocence.
Origin of persuade
1505-15; < Latin persuādēre. See per-, dissuade, suasion
Related forms
persuadable, adjective
persuadability, persuadableness, noun
persuadably, adverb
persuadingly, adverb
nonpersuadable, adjective
prepersuade, verb (used with object), prepersuaded, prepersuading.
unpersuadable, adjective
unpersuadably, adverb
unpersuaded, adjective
well-persuaded, adjective
1. urge, influence, move, entice, impel. Persuade, induce imply influencing someone's thoughts or actions. They are used today mainly in the sense of winning over a person to a certain course of action: It was I who persuaded him to call a doctor. I induced him to do it. They differ in that persuade suggests appealing more to the reason and understanding: I persuaded him to go back to his wife (although it is often lightly used: Can't I persuade you to stay to supper? ); induce emphasizes only the idea of successful influence, whether achieved by argument or by promise of reward: What can I say that will induce you to stay at your job? Owing to this idea of compensation, induce may be used in reference to the influence of factors as well as of persons: The prospect of a raise in salary was what induced him to stay.
1. dissuade.
Usage note
See convince. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I've written Mother to persuade your aunt, and she has promised to try.

    Phyllis Dorothy Whitehill
  • Oh, what sport will be here, if I can persuade this wench to secrecy!

  • By the Bear, Simwa, I do not know how it is you persuade the gods to be always on your side.

    The Arrow-Maker Mary Austin
  • The aim of the book is to persuade women to renounce marriage.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • How could it be when I lack skill to persuade you of the sincerity of my sentiments?

    The Joy of Captain Ribot Armando Palacio Valds
British Dictionary definitions for persuade


verb (transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
to induce, urge, or prevail upon successfully: he finally persuaded them to buy it
to cause to believe; convince: even with the evidence, the police were not persuaded
Derived Forms
persuadable, persuasible, adjective
persuadability, persuasibility, noun
persuader, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin persuādēre, from per- (intensive) + suādēre to urge, advise
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Word Origin and History for persuade

1510s, from Middle French persuader (14c.), from Latin persuadere "to bring over by talking," (see persuasion). Related: Persuaded; persuading.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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