from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To induce to undertake a course of action or embrace a point of view by means of argument, reasoning, or entreaty: "to make children fit to live in a society by persuading them to learn and accept its codes” ( Alan W. Watts). See Usage Note at convince.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To successfully convince (someone) to agree to, accept, or do something, usually through reasoning and verbal influence. Compare sway.
- v. To urge, plead; to try to convince (someone to do something).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To influence or gain over by argument, advice, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; to draw or incline to a determination by presenting sufficient motives.
- transitive v. To try to influence.
- transitive v. To convince by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe.
- transitive v. To inculcate by argument or expostulation; to advise; to recommend.
- intransitive v. To use persuasion; to plead; to prevail by persuasion.
- n. Persuasion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To advise; counsel; urge the acceptance or practice of; commend by exposition, argument, demonstration, etc.; inculcate.
- To lead to the opinion or conclusion (that); make (one) believe or think: frequently followed by that.
- To prevail upon, as by demonstration, exposition, argument, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; argue or reason into a certain belief or course of conduct; induce; win over.
- To convince, as by argument or reasons offered.
- Synonyms Convince, Persuade (see convince), prevail on,lead.
- To use persuasion.
- n. Persuasion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
- v. win approval or support for
Latin persuādēre : per-, per- + suādēre, to urge; see swād- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin persuādeō ("I persuade"). (Wiktionary)