Per·suade v. t. [imp. & p. p. Persuaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Persuading.]
1. To influence or gain over by argument, advice, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; to draw or incline to a determination by presenting sufficient motives.
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.
Syn: -- To convince; induce; prevail on; win over; allure; entice. See Convince.
Per·suad·ed, p. p. & a. Prevailed upon; influenced by argument or entreaty; convinced. -- Per*suad*ed*ly, adv. -- Per*suad*ed*ness, n.