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verb [transitive] persuade pronunciation in American English /pərˈsweɪd/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypersuade
he/she/itpersuades
present participlepersuading
past tensepersuaded
past participlepersuaded
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  1. 1
    to make someone agree to do something by giving them reasons why they should
    He did finally come with us, although it took a long time to persuade him.
    persuade someone to do something: Nobody could persuade her to change her mind.
    1. a.
      to cause someone to do something by being a good reason for doing it
      persuade someone to do something: What persuaded you to accept the job?
  2. 2
    to make someone believe that something is true
    Their argument failed to persuade me.
    persuade someone of something: There was no way she could persuade him of her innocence.
    persuade someone (that): I managed to persuade him that it was not his fault.
 

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