Pronunciation: (pur-swād'), [key]
—v.t., -suad•ed, -suad•ing.
1. to prevail on (a person) to do something, as by advising or urging: We could not persuade him to wait.
2. to induce to believe by appealing to reason or understanding; convince: to persuade the judge of the prisoner's innocence.
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