persuade persuade  /pər ˈsweɪd/


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


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  1. And there is one last reason for Bush to cherish Neuhaus, who has worked tirelessly to persuade conservative Catholics and Evangelicals to make common cause.
  2. And then, perhaps, he might make a small, friendly sound, in the hope that he could persuade the bearded judge to turn his head.
  3. He wanted to persuade substantial numbers in the profession to explore the region north of zero, to look at what actively made people feel fulfilled, engaged and meaningfully happy.


  1. Judge won’t allow teens’ records at ex-cop’s trial

    LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter failed to persuade a judge Tuesday to allow evidence about the criminal records of the three teenagers in a car he fired at when answering a burglary call last year.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Russellville Courier

  2. Canadian, nicknamed 'Black Widow,' pleads guilty

    SYDNEY, Nova Scotia (AP) — A Canadian woman nicknamed the "Black Widow" for her ability to persuade grieving widowers to marry her pleaded guilty on Monday to drugging a man she married days earlier.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

  3. Oregon passes bill on vaccination education

    A bill that is intended to persuade more Oregon parents to take their kids to doctors for shots and get over their mistrust of conventional medicine has taken a big step in the Legislature with passage by the state Senate.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: Fox News


  1. In his remarks, Mr Bush said: "Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along."
    on May 15, 2008 By: President Bush Source: Independent

  2. "One can forget about any talk about Georgia's territorial integrity because, I believe, it is impossible to persuade South Ossetia and Abkhazia to agree with the logic that they can be forced back into the Georgian state," Russian Foreign...
    on Aug 14, 2008 By: Sergey Lavrov Source: USA Today

  3. "When we believe that international action is necessary, whether military, economic or diplomatic, we will try to persuade our friends that we are right. But we, in return, must also be willing to be persuaded by them," Senator McCain wrote.
    on Mar 18, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Adelaidenow

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