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See also: persuadé
- perswade (obsolete)
- (transitive) To successfully convince (someone) to agree to, accept, or do something, usually through reasoning and verbal influence. Compare sway.
- That salesman was able to persuade me into buying this bottle of lotion.
- William Shakespeare (c.1564–1616)
- We will persuade him, be it possible.
- 1909, Archibald Marshall, The Squire's Daughter, Ch.I:
- The boy became volubly friendly and bubbling over with unexpected humour and high spirits. He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance. Nobody would miss them, he explained.
2011 November 10, Jeremy Wilson, “England Under 21 5 Iceland Under 21 0: match report”, Telegraph:
- The most persistent tormentor was Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who scored a hat-trick in last month’s corresponding fixture in Iceland. His ability to run at defences is instantly striking, but it is his clever use of possession that has persuaded some shrewd judges that he is an even better prospect than Theo Walcott.
- (transitive, now rare, dialectal) To urge, plead; to try to convince (someone to do something).
- (transitive, obsolete) To convince of by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe.
- “persuade” in Roget's Thesaurus, T. Y. Crowell Co., 1911.
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of
- third-person singular indicative present of