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reason with sb

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with reason   /ˈriː.zən/ us  
to try to persuade someone to act in a wise way or to change their behaviour or a decision, by explaining why it is a good idea: [+ to infinitive] The police reasoned with the hijackers to at least let the children go free.
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