from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To cause (someone) to accept a point of view or to undertake a course of action by means of argument, reasoning, or entreaty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Persuasion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To use persuasion; to plead; to prevail by persuasion.
  • noun obsolete Persuasion.
  • transitive verb To influence or gain over by argument, advice, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; to draw or incline to a determination by presenting sufficient motives.
  • transitive verb Obsolescent To try to influence.
  • transitive verb To convince by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe.
  • transitive verb To inculcate by argument or expostulation; to advise; to recommend.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To successfully convince (someone) to agree to, accept, or do something, usually through reasoning and verbal influence. Compare sway.
  • verb transitive, dialectal To urge, plead; to try to convince (someone to do something).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
  • verb win approval or support for


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin persuādēre : per-, per- + suādēre, to urge; see swād- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin persuādeō ("I persuade").


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