Meaning of “persuade” in the English Dictionary

"persuade" in English

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persuadeverb [ T ]

uk /pəˈsweɪd/ us /pɚˈsweɪd/

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.

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(Definition of “persuade” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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persuadeverb [ T ]

us /pərˈsweɪd/

to cause people to do or believe something, esp. by explaining why they should:

The government is trying to persuade consumers to save more.
She tried to persuade them that they should leave.
adjective us /pərˈsweɪ·sɪv, -zɪv/

a persuasive argument

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I also agree that we must not abandon our action; we must persevere and continue trying to persuade certain countries to move towards democracy.
How can we mobilise private capital and public funds and persuade the banks to play a more active part in this field?
I also think we need to persuade the construction industry to build more modern buses with the needs of disabled people more in mind.
We were, however, able to persuade them both that a non-commercial approach was called for not only in terms of considerations of ethics, but also of health protection.
The time has therefore come for some extra impetus over and above the efforts of the negotiators: we need to explain and persuade.
You may be able to persuade them that these need to be introduced, but whether they can be imposed is, to our mind, a different matter altogether.
No one can persuade me that some of these large companies have not used this situation to put some of their own problems right.
Talking to the bad guys does not mean you support them, or accept them, it means you want to persuade them that they have no future.
However, it is the only way to persuade the economic operators to take great pains over the new systems which are vital for the smooth running of the internal market.
I would urge her to persuade the rest of her colleagues to withdraw those amendments seeking to delete useful things in this report and to support it.