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persuade

verb [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 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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