- The definition of persuade is to convince someone to do or think something.
An example of persuade is when you make a strong argument for why your idea is right and your argument convinces your boss to implement your idea.
A business woman tries to persuade her coworkers.
transitive verbper·suad·ed, per·suad·ing, per·suades
Origin of persuadeLatin persuādēre : per-, per- + suādēre, to urge; see swād- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present persuades, present participle persuading, simple past and past participle persuaded)
From Latin persuādeō (“I persuade”).