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English definition of “persuade”

persuade

verb [T]     /pəˈsweɪd/ US  /pɚ-/
B1 to make someone do or believe something by giving them a good reason to do it or by talking to that person and making them believe it: If she doesn't want to go, nothing you can say will persuade her. [+ (that)] It's no use trying to persuade him (that) you're innocent . [+ to infinitive] He is trying to persuade local and foreign businesses to invest in the project . Using a bunch of bananas , the zoo-keeper persuaded the monkey back into its cage .formal The first priority is to persuade the management of the urgency of this matter . Her legal advisers persuaded her into/out of mentioning (= to mention /not to mention ) the names of the people involved in the robbery .Urging and persuadingCausing somebody to act
(Definition of persuade verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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