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persuade (one) of (something)

To convince, cajole, or coerce one into believing that something is true. My older brother could persuade me of anything when we were kids. One time, he got me to believe that the moon would fall on me if I didn't stay up the whole night! You'll have a harder time persuading the federal regulators of your story.
See also: of, persuade

persuade (one) to (do something)

To convince, cajole, or coerce one into doing something. One time, when we were kids, my older brother persuaded me to lick dog feces because he said it would make me more manly. Go and have fun, but don't let anyone persuade you to do anything that you're not comfortable with.
See also: persuade, to
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

persuade someone of something

to convince someone of something. Laura was unable to persuade me of the truth of her statement. We were all persuaded of the need for higher taxes.
See also: of, persuade

persuade someone to do something

to convince someone to do something. Are you sure I can't persuade you to have another piece of cake? Richard was easily persuaded to have another piece of his favorite cake.
See also: persuade, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Since the definition of the word sell used the word persuade, I looked up that word in the dictionary.
"And when he learnt about this he was really enthusiastic and tried to persuade the Welsh government to do the same thing."
The DPJ is trying to persuade Ozawa to appear before the Diet ethics panel as an unsworn testimony.
The new Persuade dual-flush toilet is now available with Kohler Comfort Height design, raising the bowl to make using it easier for people of all ages and statures, said a senior official.
In another twist to the ever-changing girl group, there are now reports Mutya Buena's spent hours trying to persuade Keisha and Siobhan to give the band another go.
The government is also starting an ad campaign to persuade Ghanaians to treat African-Americans more like long-lost relatives than as rich tourists: Many black American visitors find that Africans treat them, and even refer to them, the same way as white tourists.
In that case, the court applied the Skidmore deference factors outlined in Mead to find that the revenue ruling at issue possessed the power to persuade and should be followed.
However, they had to persuade the publicans that selling alcohol at vastly reduced prices to supermarkets and off-licences was a good idea, so they employed the best marketing team that money could buy, and somehow, by giving away beer tankards, beer mats and other minor promotions, they made the publicans believe that, in time, the people who bought cheap booze to drink at home would leave the comfort of their sofas and become pub regulars.
''We need to persuade Myanmar, maybe to adopt gradually a greater degree of democracy.
That will come as a massive boost to manager Graeme Souness, who insisted from his first day in the job that he would do all he could to persuade the Magpies captain to delay his retirement.
We all have had occasions where we wanted, like Moses, to straighten God out, to persuade God to "Intervene already!" or to direct God's attention in a particular direction.
The Republican candidate to be United States senator from Illinois was forced to withdraw when Tribune reporters persuaded a judge to unseal records of a child custody proceeding which showed that his wife had accused him of taking her to sex clubs and trying to persuade her to engage in sexual activities with other patrons watching.
Current communication theories urge writers and speakers to shape their communication, especially communication that aims to persuade, so that it is receiver-centered and therefore features a "you attitude." Early in the semester, these classes discuss what features of writing make it receiver-centered.
A month later, published reports revealed a German plot to persuade Mexico to go to war against the U.S.
Maybe a concerted effort by merchants of fear and latter-day Cassandras could persuade American businesses that unless they buy a lot of new computers, servers and storage devices, three hackers in downtown Manila are going to shut down the Internet forever.