- 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
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Examples from the Web for persuade
He goes into some detail into what it took to persuade voters to pass marriage equality at the ballot box in four states in 2012.The Real Story Behind the Fight for Marriage Equality
December 30, 2014
When I tried to persuade him to drop the title The Short Night, I proposed calling the picture Pursuit.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Unstoppable or not, John H has seen little in his 38 years to persuade him progress is benign.The Golden West Up for Grabs: ‘Painted Horses’ Is the Next Great Western Novel
November 28, 2014
A bunch of old, white, rock titans come together with young, white, X Factor hotties to persuade Britain to heal Africa.Do They Know It’s Time to Stop Band Aid?
November 22, 2014
“My mom tried to persuade me on it and told me about the coverups on college campuses,” he explains.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
John had been under her dominion, and proceeded to persuade her.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
This touches me the more sensibly, because you yourself, my dear, are so ready to persuade me into it.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
She must either answer her questions or persuade her not to ask any.
But that was after he done his best to persuade me, and I wouldn't be persuaded.
It was impossible to persuade Wellington that he was beaten until he actually was beaten.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
- to induce, urge, or prevail upon successfullyhe finally persuaded them to buy it
- to cause to believe; convinceeven with the evidence, the police were not persuaded
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.