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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
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"He was Gills boss at the time and he certainly had the gift of the gab because he persuaded me that Priestfield Stadium was a better bet than Upton Park.
Mansoor Khan in Dubai and persuaded him to come back to India and submit before the law.
The petitioner citizen Iqbal Hazarvi did not appear before ECP, therefore, ECP dismissed the petition being not persuaded.
Now, though, Almost Persuaded has been reissued by another publisher, spruced up with a view to greater sales.
It's a matter of whether they can be persuaded to take action.
Merseytravel also persuaded the Department to specify that all Liverpool- Birmingham trains would call at Liverpool South Parkway, We persuaded the DfT to specify in the East Midlands franchise that all Liverpool-Norwich trains would call at Liverpool South Parkway, and we have just written a strong letter in support of East Midlands Trains' bid for additional rolling stock for Liverpool- Norwich services.
And SFA chief executive Gordon Smith has persuaded them to make the draw alongside SFA president George Peat.
The 23-year-old local woman was eventually persuaded to climb back to safety at 8.15pm.
Our Committee on Corporate Finance successfully persuaded policymakers to include conflict of interest language in the recently enacted credit rating agency reform legislation (H.R.
This difference in approaches arguably stems from the fact that under the Skidmore deference standard, the courts can be persuaded by revenue rulings, but will not automatically defer to them (as the Second Circuit did in Salomon).
Furthermore, he said, the junta leaders must be persuaded they would not be jailed if they return power to the people.
He persuaded his mother to let him use $7,500 of his savings and cosign on a used Lexus, but his fiancee and a few months of paying the weighty $900 car note persuaded him to begin looking for a home.
The Progressive Party persuaded the Liberals to give Canada its first national old age security program in the 1920s.
Is God waiting to be persuaded? Does God want me to do the persuading?
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.