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.

<-- "gain over" = win over, win to one's side -->

Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. Acts xxvi. 28.

We will persuade him, be it possible. Shak.

2.

To try to influence.

[Obsolescent]

Hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you. 2 Kings xviii. 32.

3.

To convince by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe.

Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you. Heb. vi. 9.

4.

To inculcate by argument or expostulation; to advise; to recommend.

Jer. Taylor.

Syn. -- To convince; induce; prevail on; win over; allure; entice. See Convince.

 

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Per*suade" (?), v. i.

To use persuasion; to plead; to prevail by persuasion.

Shak.

 

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Per*suade", n.

Persuasion.

[Obs.]

Beau. & Fl.

 

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