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tr.v. per·suad·ed, per·suad·ing, per·suades
To cause (someone) to accept a point of view or to undertake a course of action by means of argument, reasoning, or entreaty: "to make children fit to live in a society by persuading them to learn and accept its codes" (Alan W. Watts). See Usage Note at convince.

[Latin persuādēre : per-, per- + suādēre, to urge; see swād- in Indo-European roots.]

per·suad′a·ble adj.
per·suad′er n.
Synonyms: persuade, induce, prevail, convince
These verbs mean to succeed in causing a person to do or consent to something. Persuade means to win someone over, as by reasoning or force of personality: Nothing could persuade her to change her mind. To induce is to lead, as to a course of action, by means of influence or persuasion: "Pray what could induce him to commit so rash an action?" (Oliver Goldsmith).
One prevails on somebody who resists: "He had prevailed upon the king to spare them" (Daniel Defoe).
To convince is to persuade by the use of argument or evidence: The salesman convinced me that the car was worth the price.


vb (tr; may take a clause as object or an infinitive)
1. to induce, urge, or prevail upon successfully: he finally persuaded them to buy it.
2. to cause to believe; convince: even with the evidence, the police were not persuaded.
[C16: from Latin persuādēre, from per- (intensive) + suādēre to urge, advise]
perˈsuadable, perˈsuasible adj
perˌsuadaˈbility, perˌsuasiˈbility n
perˈsuader n



v.t. -suad•ed, -suad•ing.
1. to prevail on (a person) to do something, as by advising or urging.
2. to induce to believe; convince.
[1505–15; < Latin persuādēre. See per-, dissuade]
per•suad′a•ble, adj.
per•suad`a•bil′i•ty, n.
syn: persuade, induce imply influencing someone's thoughts or actions. They are used mainly in the sense of winning over a person to a certain course of action: I persuaded her to call a doctor. I induced her to join the club. They differ in that persuade suggests appealing more to the reason and understanding: I persuaded him to go back to work; induce emphasizes only the idea of successful influence, whether achieved by argument or promise of reward: What can I say that will induce you to stay at your job? Owing to this idea of compensation, induce may be used in reference to the influence of factors as well as of persons: The prospect of a raise induced me to stay.
usage: See convince.


1. 'convince'

If you convince someone of something, you make them believe it is true.

These experiences convinced me of the drug's harmful effects.
It took them a few days to convince me that it was possible.

Some speakers use convince with a to-infinitive to say that one person makes another person decide to do something, by giving them a good reason for doing it.

Lyon did his best to convince me to settle in Tennessee.
I hope you will help me convince my father to leave.
2. 'persuade'

Using 'convince' in this way is generally regarded as incorrect. Instead you should use persuade.

Marsha was trying to persuade Posy to change her mind.
They had no difficulty in persuading him to launch a new paper.


Past participle: persuaded
Gerund: persuading

I persuade
you persuade
he/she/it persuades
we persuade
you persuade
they persuade
I persuaded
you persuaded
he/she/it persuaded
we persuaded
you persuaded
they persuaded
Present Continuous
I am persuading
you are persuading
he/she/it is persuading
we are persuading
you are persuading
they are persuading
Present Perfect
I have persuaded
you have persuaded
he/she/it has persuaded
we have persuaded
you have persuaded
they have persuaded
Past Continuous
I was persuading
you were persuading
he/she/it was persuading
we were persuading
you were persuading
they were persuading
Past Perfect
I had persuaded
you had persuaded
he/she/it had persuaded
we had persuaded
you had persuaded
they had persuaded
I will persuade
you will persuade
he/she/it will persuade
we will persuade
you will persuade
they will persuade
Future Perfect
I will have persuaded
you will have persuaded
he/she/it will have persuaded
we will have persuaded
you will have persuaded
they will have persuaded
Future Continuous
I will be persuading
you will be persuading
he/she/it will be persuading
we will be persuading
you will be persuading
they will be persuading
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been persuading
you have been persuading
he/she/it has been persuading
we have been persuading
you have been persuading
they have been persuading
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been persuading
you will have been persuading
he/she/it will have been persuading
we will have been persuading
you will have been persuading
they will have been persuading
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been persuading
you had been persuading
he/she/it had been persuading
we had been persuading
you had been persuading
they had been persuading
I would persuade
you would persuade
he/she/it would persuade
we would persuade
you would persuade
they would persuade
Past Conditional
I would have persuaded
you would have persuaded
he/she/it would have persuaded
we would have persuaded
you would have persuaded
they would have persuaded
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.persuade - win approval or support for; "Carry all before one"; "His speech did not sway the voters"
carry - win in an election; "The senator carried his home state"
act upon, influence, work - have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"
2.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!"
hustle - pressure or urge someone into an action
bring around, bring round - cause to adopt an opinion or course of action; "His urgent letter finally brought me around to give money to the school"
badger - persuade through constant efforts
sell - persuade somebody to accept something; "The French try to sell us their image as great lovers"
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; "The agent had roped in several customers"
blarney, cajole, coax, inveigle, sweet-talk, wheedle, palaver - influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering; "He palavered her into going along"
convince, win over, convert - make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; "He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product"
brainwash - persuade completely, often through coercion; "The propaganda brainwashed many people"
cause, induce, stimulate, make, get, have - cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner; "The ads induced me to buy a VCR"; "My children finally got me to buy a computer"; "My wife made me buy a new sofa"
assure - assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence; "I assured him that traveling to Cambodia was safe"
influence, tempt, charm - induce into action by using one's charm; "She charmed him into giving her all his money"
prevail - use persuasion successfully; "He prevailed upon her to visit his parents"
drag - persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting; "He dragged me away from the television set"
tempt - try presumptuously; "St. Anthony was tempted in the desert"
seduce, score, make - induce to have sex; "Harry finally seduced Sally"; "Did you score last night?"; "Harry made Sally"
dissuade, deter - turn away from by persuasion; "Negative campaigning will only dissuade people"


1. talk (someone) into, urge, advise, prompt, influence, counsel, win (someone) over, induce, sway, entice, coax, incite, prevail upon, inveigle, bring (someone) round (informal), twist (someone's) arm, argue (someone) into My husband persuaded me to come.
talk (someone) into forbid, discourage, prohibit, deter, dissuade
2. cause, prompt, lead, move, influence, motivate, induce, incline, dispose, impel, actuate the event which persuaded the United States to enter the war
3. convince, satisfy, assure, prove to, convert to, cause to believe Derek persuaded me of the feasibility of the idea.


1. To succeed in causing (a person) to act in a certain way:
2. To cause (another) to believe or feel sure about something:
اقنعيَحْمِلُ على التَّصْديق، يُقْنِعيُقْنِعيُقْنِعُ
sannfæra e-n meîtelja e-n á e-î
a convinge
ikna etmeikna etmekinandırmakrazı etmek
thuyết phục


[pəˈsweɪd] VTconvencer, persuadir (frm)
they would not be persuadedno había quien los convenciera or persuadiera
she is easily persuadedse deja convencer or persuadir fácilmente
she didn't need any persuadingno hizo falta insistirle, no hizo falta que la persuadieran or convencieran
he is not persuaded of the need for electoral reformla necesidad de una reforma electoral no lo convence
to persuade sb thatconvencer a algn de que
I am persuaded thatestoy convencido de que ...
he tried to persuade himself that it did not matterintentó convencerse de que no tenía importancia
to persuade sb to do sthconvencer a algn de que or para que haga algo, persuadir a algn para que haga algo
I wanted to help but they persuaded me not toquise ayudar pero me convencieron de que or para que no lo hiciera, quise ayudar pero me persuadieron para que no lo hiciera


[pərˈsweɪd] vt
[person] to persuade sb to do sth → persuader qn de faire qch
She persuaded me to go with her → Elle m'a persuadé de l'accompagner.
to be persuaded by sb to do sth → être persuadé par qn de faire qch
She was persuaded by a group of friends to get up on stage → Un groupe d'amis l'a persuadée de monter sur scène., Elle a été persuadée de monter sur scène par un groupe d'amis.
They were eventually persuaded by the police to give themselves up → La police a fini par les persuader de se rendre.
to persuade sb that ... → persuader qn que ...


vtüberreden; (= convince)überzeugen; to persuade somebody to do somethingjdn überreden, etw zu tun; to persuade somebody into doing somethingjdn dazu überreden, etw zu tun; to persuade somebody out of somethingjdm etw ausreden; to persuade somebody out of doing somethingjdn dazu überreden, etw nicht zu tun; to persuade oneself/somebody of somethingsich selbst/jdn von etw überzeugen; to persuade somebody of the need for somethingjdn von der Notwendigkeit einer Sache überzeugen; to persuade somebody of the need to do somethingjdn von der Notwendigkeit überzeugen, etw zu tun; to persuade somebody that …jdn davon überzeugen, dass …; I am persuaded that …ich bin überzeugt, dass …; she is easily persuadedsie ist leicht zu überreden/überzeugen; he doesn’t take much persuadingihn braucht man nicht lange zu überreden


[pəˈsweɪd] vtpersuadere
to persuade sb of sth/that → persuadere qn di qc/che
to persuade sb to do sth → persuadere qn a fare qc
but they persuaded me not to → ma mi hanno persuaso a non farlo
she is easily persuaded → si lascia facilmente persuadere or convincere
I am persuaded that ... (frm) → sono persuaso or convinto che... + sub


(pəˈsweid) verb
1. to make (someone) (not) do something, by arguing with him or advising him. We persuaded him (not) to go.
2. to make (someone) certain (that something is the case); to convince. We eventually persuaded him that we were serious.
perˈsuasion (-ʒən) noun
the act of persuading. He gave in to our persuasion and did what we wanted him to do.
perˈsuasive (-siv) adjective
able to persuade. He is a persuasive speaker; His arguments are persuasive.
perˈsuasively adverb
perˈsuasiveness noun


يُقْنِعُ přemluvit overtale überreden πείθω persuadir suostutella persuader uvjeriti convincere 説得する 설득하다 overreden overtale przekonać persuadir убеждать övertala ชักจูง ikna etme thuyết phục 说服


vt. persuadir, convencer, determinar.
References in classic literature ?
So she dressed herself in her best, and trying to persuade herself that she was neither excited nor nervous, bravely climbed two pairs of dark and dirty stairs to find herself in a disorderly room, a cloud of cigar smoke, and the presence of three gentlemen, sitting with their heels rather higher than their hats, which articles of dress none of them took the trouble to remove on her appearance.
Yes, Tolpec has not only to locate the settlement," Tom admitted, "but he must persuade the natives to come back with him.
I try to persuade her, and say it looks bad for her to all the neighbours; but she say so it must be.
He watched his slightest movement, however, with eager eyes; and, as he traced the fine outline of his admirably proportioned and active frame, he endeavored to persuade himself, that, if the powers of man, seconded by such noble resolution, could bear one harmless through so severe a trial, the youthful captive before him might hope for success in the hazardous race he was about to run.
Will he persuade the purchaser of the old Pyncheon property to relinquish the bargain in his favor?
Wilson laid his hand on the shoulder of a pale young man beside him -- "I have sought, I say, to persuade this godly youth, that he should deal with you, here in the face of Heaven, and before these wise and upright rulers, and in hearing of all the people, as touching the vileness and blackness of your sin.
But all the things that God would have us do are hard for us to do --remember that --and hence, he oftener commands us than endeavors to persuade.
So intolerable indeed is it regarded by some, that no cupidity could persuade them to moor alongside of it.
He tried to persuade his father to have nothing to do with the offer.
Clare once really and soberly tried to persuade me that it was my duty, with my weak health, and all I suffer, to let Mammy go back, and take somebody else in her place.
Even down to my birth-century that poison was still in the blood of Christendom, and the best of English com- moners was still content to see his inferiors impudently continuing to hold a number of positions, such as lord- ships and the throne, to which the grotesque laws of his country did not allow him to aspire; in fact, he was not merely contented with this strange condition of things, he was even able to persuade himself that he was proud of it.
It ain't good for her, and the surgeon don't like it, and tried to persuade her not to and couldn't; and when he ORDERED her, she was that outraged and indignant, and was very severe on him, and accused him of insubordination, and said it didn't become him to give orders to an officer of her rank.