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[per-sweyd] /pərˈsweɪd/

verb (used with object), persuaded, persuading.
to prevail on (a person) to do something, as by advising or urging:
We could not persuade him to wait.
to induce to believe by appealing to reason or understanding; convince:
to persuade the judge of the prisoner’s innocence.
verb (transitive; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
to induce, urge, or prevail upon successfully: he finally persuaded them to buy it
to cause to believe; convince: even with the evidence, the police were not persuaded

1510s, from Middle French persuader (14c.), from Latin persuadere “to bring over by talking,” (see persuasion). Related: Persuaded; persuading.


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