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To encourage someone to do or to not do something - thesaurus

Synonyms

spruik

verb

Australianinformal to try to persuade someone to do or buy something, often in a dishonest or exaggerated way

encourage

verb

to suggest that someone does something that you believe would be good

persuade

verb

to make someone agree to do something by giving them reasons why they should

convince

verb

to persuade someone to do something

motivate

verb

to make someone feel determined to do something or enthusiastic about doing it

urge on

to encourage someone to put more effort into something or to not stop trying to do something

spur

verb

to encourage someone to do something

entice

verb

to persuade someone to do something, especially by offering them an advantage or reward

prod

verb

to persuade or encourage someone to do something

dissuade

verb

formal to persuade someone not to do something

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angle for

to try to make someone give you something without asking for it directly

appeal

verb

to ask people to do something or to behave in a particular way, especially in a difficult situation

appeal

verb

to try to get someone to do or accept something by making them think it is a sensible or fair thing to do

argue someone into/out of (doing) something

to persuade someone to do/not to do something

beguile

verb

formal to persuade or trick someone into doing something, especially by saying nice things to them

blag

verb

Britishvery informal to persuade someone to give you something you want by talking in a clever way

boost

verb

to try to make people want to buy a product, visit a place etc, by talking about it publicly in a very positive way

bring something to bear

formal to try to persuade someone to do something by using your influence or power

cajole

verb

to persuade someone to do something by encouraging them gently or being nice to them

campaign

verb

to try to achieve political or social change by persuading other people or the government to do something

chivvy

verb

British to try to persuade someone to do something or to hurry them, especially when they do not really feel like it

coax someone into/out of (doing) something

to gently persuade someone to do something or not do something

commit

verb

to make someone agree or promise to do something

corral

verb

to organize a group of people and persuade them to do something

dangle

verb

to offer someone something attractive as a way of persuading them to do something

dare

verb

to try to persuade someone to prove that they are not afraid to do something that is dangerous or likely to cause trouble

draw in

to involve someone in a conversation or situation, often when they do not want to be involved

egg on

to encourage someone to do something that they should not do

evangelise

a British spelling of evangelize

exhort

verb

formal to try to persuade someone to do something

frighten

verb

to persuade someone to do or not do something by making them feel afraid

get

verb

to make someone do something, or to persuade them to do it

get around

to persuade someone to do something, especially by being nice to them

goad on

to encourage someone to react by making them feel very angry or upset

incentivize

verb

to give someone a reason for wanting to work hard

incite

verb

to encourage people to be violent or commit crimes by making them angry or excited

induce someone to do something

to persuade someone to do something, especially something that you think is wrong or stupid

intercede

verb

formal to try to persuade someone in authority to help someone else or to change their opinion or decision about them, especially someone who is going to be punished

inveigle into

to persuade someone to do something by using clever or dishonest methods

involve

verb

to encourage or allow someone to take part in something

jolly

verb

Britishinformal to persuade someone in a friendly and gentle way

jolly along

Britishinformal to continue encouraging and persuading someone to do something

lead

verb

to cause someone to do something

lead on

to encourage someone to do something or to expect something, especially by lying to them or promising them something that they cannot have

lobby

verb

to try to influence politicians or people in authority on a particular subject

lure

verb

to persuade someone to do something by making it look very attractive

mobilize

verb

to encourage people to support an idea or plan

move

verb

to influence someone to do something

nail down

informal to make someone agree to something or tell you what they are going to do

nobble

verb

Britishvery informal to try and get someone’s attention in order to persuade them to do something

nudge

verb

to encourage someone in a gentle way to do something

persuade

verb

to cause someone to do something by being a good reason for doing it

pitch

verb

to try to persuade someone to give you work, a business deal etc

plead

verb

to try to show that something is important or worth trying to achieve

poach

verb

to persuade someone to stop buying products or services from a company and start buying them from your company instead, especially by using secret or dishonest methods

pressurise

a British spelling of pressurize

prevail on

formal to ask or persuade someone to do something

prompt

verb

to encourage someone to speak or continue speaking

psych up

to try to make yourself or someone else feel mentally ready for something

push

verb

to encourage or force someone in a determined way to do something they do not want to do

push for

to try to make someone give you something or do something for you

put ideas into someone’s head

to make someone think that they can or should do something, especially something that other people do not approve of

put up to

to encourage someone to do something stupid or wrong

reason with

to try to persuade someone to do something by explaining why you think it is sensible

rope in

to persuade someone to do something that they do not really want to do

rouse

verb

to make someone become active, especially when they are tired, lazy, or unwilling to do something

schmooze

verb

informal to talk with someone in a friendly and informal way, often with the intention of gaining an advantage or of persuading them to do something that you want

seduce

verb

to persuade someone to do something by making it seem easy or exciting

sell

verb

informal to persuade someone to do, have, or use something

soften up

to make someone more likely to do what you want by being nice to them

soft-soap

verb

informal to be nice to someone when you want them to do something for you

start

verb

to cause someone to do something

stir into

to force someone to do something by making them feel that they should do it

suborn

verb

to persuade someone to do something illegal, for example to lie in a court of law

sweet-talk

verb

informal to talk to someone in a very nice way in order to persuade them to do something

talk someone into/out of (doing) something

to persuade someone to do something or not to do something

talk (some) sense into someone

to persuade someone to act in a sensible way

talk your way into/out of something

to persuade someone to let you do or avoid something

tempt

verb

to try to persuade someone to do something wrong by offering them a reward if they do it

trigger

verb

to cause someone to do or say something

twist someone’s arm

informal to persuade someone to do something that they do not want to do

twist/wind someone around your little finger

to easily persuade someone to do what you want

wean off

to make someone gradually stop depending on something that they like and have become used to, especially a drug or a bad habit

wheedle

verb

to persuade someone using tricks, lies, or flattery (=praise that is not sincere)

work on

to try to influence someone

BuzzWord

gaslight

to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Open Dictionary

Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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