- (tr, preposition) to persuade to by talkingI talked him into buying the house
Related Words for talk intourge, abet, rouse, arouse, inspire, motivate, exhort, agitate, inflame, encourage, trigger, prompt, provoke, spur, instigate, foment, activate, coax, engender, breed
Persuade, as in They talked me into going swimming with them. This idiom was first recorded in 1697. The antonym is talk out of, meaning “dissuade,” as in They tried to talk me out of going swimming. It is almost a century newer, first recorded in Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (1797–1798).