• WordNet 3.6
    • v persuade 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!"
    • v persuade win approval or support for "Carry all before one","His speech did not sway the voters"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Steve McQueen persuaded his karate teacher, kickboxing champion Chuck Norris, to pursue acting.
    • n Persuade Persuasion.
    • Persuade To convince by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe. "Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you."
    • Persuade To inculcate by argument or expostulation; to advise; to recommend.
    • Persuade To influence or gain over by argument, advice, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; to draw or incline to a determination by presenting sufficient motives. "Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.""We will persuade him, be it possible."
    • Persuade To try to influence. "Hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you."
    • v. i Persuade To use persuasion; to plead; to prevail by persuasion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • persuade To advise; counsel; urge the acceptance or practice of; commend by exposition, argument, demonstration, etc.; inculcate.
    • persuade To lead to the opinion or conclusion (that); make (one) believe or think: frequently followed by that.
    • persuade 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.
    • persuade To convince, as by argument or reasons offered.
    • persuade Synonyms Convince, Persuade (see convince), prevail on,lead.
    • persuade To use persuasion.
    • n persuade Persuasion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Persuade per-swād′ to influence successfully by argument, advice, &c.: to bring to any particular opinion: to cause to believe: to convince
    • n Persuade that which persuades or wins over
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  • Winston Churchill
    “My most brilliant achievement was my ability to be able to persuade my wife to marry me.”
  • Gerald Stanley Lee
    Gerald Stanley Lee
    “Business today consists in persuading crowds.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.”
  • Sidney J. Harris
    “If the devil could be persuaded to write a bible, he would title it, You Only Live Once.”
  • Confucius
    “We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.”
  • X. Doudan
    X. Doudan
    “Everything without tells the individual that he is nothing; everything within persuades him that he is everything.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. persuadere, persuasum,; per + suadere, to advise, persuade: cf. F. persuader,. See Per-, and Suasion


In literature:

Do you think you could persuade Lord Evelyn and Mr.
"Sunrise" by William Black
I saw in Doc an unusual man, and was able to persuade him to go home with me.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
I am persuaded there is a vast amount of unbelief, in relation to this matter, among Christians.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
I knew he would have some difficulty at first in persuading her to think otherwise.
"A Canadian Heroine" by Mrs. Harry Coghill
With the help of the map, explain why it was not easy for Deborah to persuade the Reubenites and the Gileadites to enter this war.
"Hebrew Life and Times" by Harold B. Hunting
Eloquence, which persuades by sweetness, not by authority; as a tyrant, not as a king.
"Pascal's Pensées" by Blaise Pascal
We will have a very jolly day, and I'll try and persuade your hero of yesterday to meet you.
"A Crooked Path" by Mrs. Alexander
You were to be ultimately persuaded to confirm her in the belief that her nephew was dead.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
They persuaded me, and I accepted.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
A word on Cotoner's part was all that was necessary to persuade him to do them the honor of marrying the children.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez

In poetry:

Follow, poet, follow right
To the bottom of the night,
With your unconstraining voice
Still persuade us to rejoice;
"In Memory Of W.B. Yeats" by W H Auden
"Persuade me not, my faithful love,
Persuade me not to go,
But let me see my Jemmy's face,
And share in all his woe.
"A Ballad" by Jane Bowdler
The lying tempter would persuade
There's no relief in heav'n;
And all my swelling sins appear
Too big to be forgiv'n.
"Psalm 3" by Isaac Watts
The lying tempter would persuade
There's no relief from heaven;
And all my swelling sins appear
Too big to be forgiven.
"Psalm III: My God, How Many Are My Fears" by Isaac Watts
Sin, and the powers of hell,
Persuade me to despair:
Lord, make me know thy cov'nant well,
That I may 'scape the snare.
"Psalm 25 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Now he persuades, "How easy 'tis
To walk the road to heav'n;"
Anon he swells our sins, and cries,
"They cannot be forgiv'n."
"Hymn 156" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Its pressure tactics persuaded one of the nation's leading sportswear companies, Russell Athletic, to agree to rehire 1,200 workers in Honduras who lost their jobs when Russell closed their factory soon after the workers had unionized.
Norfolk Southern tries to persuade foes in Jefferson.
He talked to Badovinus, then quasi-retired and teaching business, and persuaded him to sign on as CEO.
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra Can I Persuade You.
In the more than two years since the president started saying he needed to tell better stories, he's been trying, but on issues from health care to the economy, people aren't any more persuaded .
Price tag uncertain to persuade pro sports team to relocate to city.
McCain could be persuaded to back her.
Toronto might be persuaded to love the Canadian game again.
But, I think, if that gets in, then the Republican Party is going to be in a better place to try to persuade some Hispanics.
How Sonia Gandhi was persuaded to back India reforms.
Jurors Not Persuaded By Brain Injury Claim.
Players persuaded WKU's Taggart to call trick play.
"But you did not persuade me.".
For Luis Aguilar, the last push persuading him to vote against new rules on money-market funds came while he was on vacation.
Aguilar's decision marks a "sad day for the commission and the country," said Arthur Levitt, a former SEC chairman who attempted to persuade Mr Aguilar to vote in favor of the money-fund curbs.

In science:

The success of fitting observational data persuaded the researchers that the problem of grain alignment is solved at last.
Physics of Grain Alignment
A few years ago we started to persuade Kerov to write a detailed exposition of his central limit theorem.
Kerov's central limit theorem for the Plancherel measure on Young diagrams
In spite of some formal merits of such a step we are persuaded that the related “anisotropy” of both the operators Q and Θ(particular) could hardly find a natural physical foundation.
Coupled-channel version of PT-symmetric square well
Never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View
In practice, this estimate is good and the variance is small. 7 I do not know of any manufacturer who has been persuaded to implement it.
Uses of randomness in computation