Other forms: persuaded; persuading; persuades

If you get talked into something, you've been persuaded. If your friends try to persuade you to swan-dive into a dangerous ravine, it's time to find some new friends.

To persuade is to get your way — win the argument, convince the group to see your favorite movie, get your parents to let you borrow the car. You persuade with language, with a carefully constructed argument, and with the strength of your conviction. The word is sometimes used tongue-in-cheek to describe the very opposite of a carefully worded argument. A movie gangster might "persuade" people with the gun he keeps tucked in his pocket.

Definitions of persuade
  1. verb
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
    “You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!”
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    deter, dissuade
    turn away from by persuasion
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    pressure or urge someone into an action
    bring around, bring round
    cause to adopt an opinion or course of action
    persuade through constant efforts
    persuade somebody to accept something
    chat up
    talk to someone with the aim of persuading him
    talk into
    persuade somebody to do something
    rope in
    draw in as if with a rope; lure
    blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, palaver, sweet-talk, wheedle
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
    convert, convince, win over
    make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
    persuade completely, often through coercion
    assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence
    charm, influence, tempt
    induce into action by using one's charm
    use persuasion successfully
    persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting
    try presumptuously
    persuade someone through flattery
    bewitch, magnetise, magnetize, mesmerise, mesmerize, spellbind
    attract strongly, as if with a magnet
    give or restore confidence in; cause to feel sure or certain
    browbeat, bully, swagger
    discourage or frighten with threats or a domineering manner; intimidate
    make less hostile; win over
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    cause, get, have, induce, make, stimulate
    cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner
  2. verb
    win approval or support for
    synonyms: carry, sway
    win in an election
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    act upon, influence, work
    have and exert influence or effect




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