Persuade Per*suade", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Persuaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Persuading}.] [L. persuadere, persuasum; per + suadere to advise, persuade: cf. F. persuader. See {Per-}, and {Suasion}.] 1. To influence or gain over by argument, advice, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; to draw or incline to a determination by presenting sufficient motives. [1913 Webster]

Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. --Acts xxvi. 28. [1913 Webster]

We will persuade him, be it possible. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To try to influence. [Obsolescent] [1913 Webster]

Hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you. --2 Kings xviii. 32. [1913 Webster]

3. To convince by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe. [1913 Webster]

Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you. --Heb. vi. 9. [1913 Webster]

4. To inculcate by argument or expostulation; to advise; to recommend. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To convince; induce; prevail on; win over; allure; entice. See {Convince}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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