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From Proto-Italic *swādeō, from Proto-Indo-European *swoh₂déyeti, from *sweh₂d- (sweet). Cognate with suāvis (sweet). Thus meaning "to make sweet (pleasing)".



suādeō (present infinitive suādēre, perfect active suāsī, supine suāsum); second conjugation

  1. I recommend, advise.
  2. I urge, exhort; I suade, persuade.
    • c. 37 BCE – 30 BCE, Virgil, Georgicon 4.264:
      hic iam galbaneōs suādēbō incendere odōrēs
      Then I would urge you to burn fragrant resin of galbanum
  3. I advocate, promote, support, recommend.


  • This verb has only limited passive conjugation; only third-person passive forms are attested in surviving sources.
   Conjugation of suādeō (second conjugation)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present suādeō suādēs suādet suādēmus suādētis suādent
imperfect suādēbam suādēbās suādēbat suādēbāmus suādēbātis suādēbant
future suādēbō suādēbis suādēbit suādēbimus suādēbitis suādēbunt
perfect suāsī suāsistī suāsit suāsimus suāsistis suāsērunt, suāsēre
pluperfect suāseram suāserās suāserat suāserāmus suāserātis suāserant
future perfect suāserō suāseris suāserit suāserimus suāseritis suāserint
passive present suādeor suādēris, suādēre suādētur suādēmur suādēminī suādentur
imperfect suādēbar suādēbāris, suādēbāre suādēbātur suādēbāmur suādēbāminī suādēbantur
future suādēbor suādēberis, suādēbere suādēbitur suādēbimur suādēbiminī suādēbuntur
perfect suāsus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect suāsus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect suāsus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present suādeam suādeās suādeat suādeāmus suādeātis suādeant
imperfect suādērem suādērēs suādēret suādērēmus suādērētis suādērent
perfect suāserim suāserīs suāserit suāserīmus suāserītis suāserint
pluperfect suāsissem suāsissēs suāsisset suāsissēmus suāsissētis suāsissent
passive present suādear suādeāris, suādeāre suādeātur suādeāmur suādeāminī suādeantur
imperfect suādērer suādērēris, suādērēre suādērētur suādērēmur suādērēminī suādērentur
perfect suāsus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect suāsus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present suādē suādēte
future suādētō suādētō suādētōte suādentō
passive present suādēre suādēminī
future suādētor suādētor suādentor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives suādēre suāsisse suāsūrum esse suādērī suāsum esse suāsum īrī
participles suādēns suāsūrus suāsus suādendus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
suādendī suādendō suādendum suādendō suāsum suāsū

Derived terms[edit]


  • English: suade, suasion
  • Italian: suadere
  • Portuguese: suadir
  • Spanish: suadir


  • suadeo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • suadeo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • suadeo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to support a bill (before the people): legem suadere (opp. dissuadere)