persuade

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From Latin persuādeō (I persuade).

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persuade (third-person singular simple present persuades, present participle persuading, simple past and past participle persuaded)

  1. (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.
  2. (transitive, now rare, dialectal) To urge, plead; to try to convince (someone to do something).
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To convince of by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe.
    • Bible, Hebrews vi. 9
      Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you.

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  • persuade” in Roget's Thesaurus, T. Y. Crowell Co., 1911.

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persuade

  1. first-person singular present indicative of persuader
  2. third-person singular present indicative of persuader
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of persuader
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of persuader
  5. second-person singular imperative of persuader

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persuade

  1. third-person singular indicative present of persuadere

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persuādē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of persuādeō

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persuade

  1. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of persuadir.
  2. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of persuadir.