Definition of Persuade

1. Verb. Win approval or support for. "His speech did not sway the voters"

Exact synonyms: Carry, Sway
Related verbs: Carry
Generic synonyms: Act Upon, Influence, Work
Derivative terms: Persuasible, Persuasive, Sway



2. Verb. Cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm. "They persuade him to write the letter"; "You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!"

Definition of Persuade

1. v. t. To influence or gain over by argument, advice, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; to draw or incline to a determination by presenting sufficient motives.

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

3. n. Persuasion.

Definition of Persuade

1. Verb. (transitive) To successfully convince (someone) to agree to, accept, or do something, usually through reasoning and verbal influence. Compare sway. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive now rare dialectal) To urge, plead; to try to convince (someone to do something). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Persuade

1. to cause to do something by means of argument, reasoning, or entreaty [v -SUADED, -SUADING, -SUADES]

Medical Definition of Persuade

1. 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. "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. Synonym: To convince, induce, prevail on, win over, allure, entice. See Convince. Origin: L. Persuadere, persuasum; per + suadere to advise, persuade: cf. F. Persuader. See Per-, and Suasion. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Persuade

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persuadableness
persuade (current term)
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Literary usage of Persuade

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1. The pilgrim's progress from this world to that which is to come by John Bunyan (1879)
"try, better than thine; and, therefore, leave off to persuade me further; I am his servant, and I will follow him. Apol. Consider, again, when thou art in ..."

2. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (1912)
"... Lepidus, Popilius, and Publius. Antony keeps R, so that Trebonius can easily persuade him to go off R in consultation, about some official matter. ..."

3. The Republic of Plato: Tr by Plato (1909)
"... powerless to persuade, following him up with secret plots and public prosecutions?" "Doubtless they will do that," he replied. 495 "Will it be possible, ..."

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