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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Persuade \Per*suade"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Persuaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Persuading.] [L. persuadere, persuasum; per + suadere to advise, persuade: cf. F. persuader. See Per-, and Suasion.] 1. To influence or gain over by argument, advice, entreaty, expostulation, etc.; to draw or incline to a determination by presenting sufficient motives. [1913 Webster] Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. --Acts xxvi. 28. [1913 Webster] We will persuade him, be it possible. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To try to influence. [Obsolescent] [1913 Webster] Hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you. --2 Kings xviii. 32. [1913 Webster] 3. To convince by argument, or by reasons offered or suggested from reflection, etc.; to cause to believe. [1913 Webster] Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you. --Heb. vi. 9. [1913 Webster] 4. To inculcate by argument or expostulation; to advise; to recommend. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] Syn: To convince; induce; prevail on; win over; allure; entice. See Convince. [1913 Webster]