Meaning of “persuade” in the English Dictionary

"persuade" in British 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.
persuasive
adjective us /pərˈsweɪ·sɪv, -zɪv/

a persuasive argument

(Definition of “persuade” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)