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  1. per·suade
    IPA[pərˈswād]
  2. verb

    • 1. cause (someone) to do something through reasoning or argument:

      it wasn't easy, but I persuaded him to do the right thing
      Synonym : prevail on, talk someone into, coax, convince, make, get, press someone into, induce, win someone over, bring someone around, argue someone into, pressure someone into, pressurize someone into, coerce, influence, sway, prompt, inveigle, entice, tempt, lure, cajole, wheedle someone into, get around, blarney, prod someone into, reason someone into, procure, sweet-talk, smooth-talk, soft-soap, twist someone's arm
    • 2. cause (someone) to believe something, especially after a sustained effort; convince:

      he did everything he could to persuade the police that he was the robber they must often be persuaded of the potential severity of their drinking problems
    • 3. (of a situation or event) provide a sound reason for (someone) to do something:

      the cost of the manor's restoration persuaded them to take in guests
  3. Variation

    • v.: verb: persuade, 3rd person present: persuades, gerund or present participle: persuading, past tense: persuaded, past participle: persuaded

    • verb

      induce (someone) to do something through reasoning or argument:

      cause (someone) to believe something, especially after a sustained effort; convince:

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