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

v 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!”
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

v win approval or support for

carry, sway
win in an election
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act upon, influence, work
have and exert influence or effect

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