persuade (one) of (something)

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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.
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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.
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Firms won't set up here and create the jobs we need for Coventry and Warwickshire unless we persuade them to; Brussels won't give us money unless we persuade them of the pressing needs we have.