persuade

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Plain form
persuade

Third-person singular
persuades

Past tense
persuaded

Past participle
persuaded

Present participle
persuading

  1. (transitive) If you persuade somebody to do something, you make them do it, usually by telling them why it's a good thing to do.
    She tried to persuade her mother to leave Greensburg.
    He hoped she could be persuaded to join him as he travelled through France and Germany.
  2. (transitive) If you persuade somebody of something, you make them believe that it's true.
    I was able to persuade my parents that I needed a new cell phone.
    We tried to persuade him of the danger of staying.

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