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 Dictionary entry overview: What does persuade mean? 

  The verb PERSUADE has 2 senses:

1. win approval or support for
2. cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

  Familiarity information: PERSUADE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1persuade [BACK TO TOP]


Win approval or support for

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


persuade; sway; carry

Context examples:

Carry all before one / His speech did not sway the voters

Hypernyms (to "persuade" is one way to...):

act upon; influence; work (have and exert influence or effect)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sense 2persuade [BACK TO TOP]


Cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

You can't persuade me to buy this ugly vase!

Hypernyms (to "persuade" is one way to...):

cause; get; have; induce; make; stimulate (cause to do; cause to act in a specified manner)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "persuade"):

bring around; bring round (cause to adopt an opinion or course of action)

tempt (try presumptuously)

drag (persuade to come away from something attractive or interesting)

prevail (use persuasion successfully)

charm; influence; tempt (induce into action by using one's charm)

assure (assure somebody of the truth of something with the intention of giving the listener confidence)

brainwash (persuade completely, often through coercion)

convert; convince; win over (make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something)

blarney; cajole; coax; inveigle; palaver; sweet-talk; wheedle (influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering)

rope in (draw in as if with a rope; lure)

talk into (persuade somebody to do something)

chat up (talk to someone with the aim of persuading him)

sell (persuade somebody to accept something)

badger (persuade through constant efforts)

make; score; seduce (induce to have sex)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s somebody into V-ing something

Sentence example:

They persuade him to write the letter


dissuade (turn away from by persuasion)

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