- 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 persuaded
Or has the see and hear and speak-no-evil stance of the Republican House persuaded him that he is in the clear?The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
His big break came in 1992 when an aging cardinal plucked him from his outback and persuaded the Vatican to make him a bishop.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
Later it became clear that he had persuaded Eisenhower to leave SHAPE and run for president in 1952.I Saw Nuclear Armageddon Sitting on My Desk
November 10, 2014
Reagan made the case for his speech, and Goldwater was persuaded.Remembering Reagan’s Defining Speech
October 27, 2014
And they are who must be persuaded, if climate change action is to become a reality.Is Caring About Climate Change an Essential Part of LGBT Identity?
September 21, 2014
M'Intosh and Roger Smith were then persuaded to go with a flag.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
And yet, I am persuaded, a day will dawn when something will.The Conquest of Fear
But that was after he done his best to persuade me, and I wouldn't be persuaded.Weighed and Wanting
For we have made them the fairest offers, but they would not be persuaded.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
But, in this matter, her ward could neither be reasoned with nor persuaded.Sylph Etherege
- 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 persuaded
1510s, from Middle French persuader (14c.), from Latin persuadere "to bring over by talking," (see persuasion). Related: Persuaded; persuading.