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persuadeverb [T]

uk   /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 ​foreignbusinesses toinvest in the ​project. Using a ​bunch of ​bananas, the zoo-keeper persuaded the ​monkey back into ​itscage.formal The first ​priority is to persuade the ​management of the ​urgency of this ​matter. Her ​legaladvisers persuaded her into/out ofmentioning (= to ​mention/not to ​mention) the ​names of the ​peopleinvolved 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 ​causepeople 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.
persuasive
adjective  us   /pərˈsweɪ·sɪv, -zɪv/
a persuasive ​argument
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