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reason with (one)

To discuss something with one in a reasonable, logical way in order to achieve an agreement or understanding. Thankfully I was able to reason with the police officer, and he let us off with a warning instead of arresting us. You're wasting your time trying to reason with Dan—he's going to do what he wants,
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reason with someone

to discuss something with someone, seeking a reasonable solution to a problem. Try to reason with Jill. If she won't listen, forget her. You cannot reason with someone who is so narrow-minded.
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reason with

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To attempt to come to an agreement or understanding with someone through logical discussion: The kids did not want to learn to swim, but I reasoned with them until they agreed to take lessons.
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This is why we always fail when we try to reason with someone on the other side of the political line, even with our prodigious command of facts, logic and reason.
How can you reason with someone like that?" Referring to the lead singer of U2 he added: "I'm worried the solution of people like my good friend Bono is to love them until they give up.