verb (used with object), per·suad·ed, per·suad·ing.
Origin of persuade
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|E.J. Graff|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Wendy Smith|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“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|Emily Shire|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In his new book, Roberts seeks to persuade his readers that Napoleon was not an evil monster.
But I could not persuade them; for the madness of desperate men was quite too hard for me.The Life of Flavius Josephus|Flavius Josephus
This Master Daggett could not do, and for some time he parleyed with the guard, trying to persuade the man to allow him to pass.The Boy Scouts at the Battle of Saratoga|Herbert Carter
Anna immediately went over to the child, to try and persuade her to fulfil her duty.The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6|E. Rameur
"If I can persuade her—she is a Christian," said Karnis doubtfully.Serapis, Complete|Georg Ebers
We cannot persuade ourselves that God will in fact prove so severe.
British Dictionary definitions for persuade
verb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
Word Origin for persuade
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.