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Definition of persuade:

  1. Persuasion.
  2. To convince by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe.
  3. To inculcate by argument or expostulation; to advise; to recommend.
  4. To influence or gain over by argument, advice, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; to draw or incline to a determination by presenting sufficient motives.
  5. To try to influence.
  6. To use persuasion; to plead; to prevail by persuasion.


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Usage examples:

  • You might persuade a world!

    - "Jack Tier or The Florida Reef", James Fenimore Cooper.
  • I'll go down and persuade her.

    - "The Limit", Ada Leverson.
  • How did I persuade him?

    - "The Redemption of David Corson", Charles Frederic Goss.