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May
28
2015

persuade

p@r sweId

transitive verb
definition 1:  to cause (another) to do something through reasoning, arguing, or appealing to the emotions.
example:  Their commercial really persuades people to try their product.
example:  Her professor persuaded her to publish her research paper.

definition 2:  to cause (another) to believe something; convince.
example:  He persuaded the jury that his client was innocent.
example:  Her sincere expression persuaded us that she was telling the truth.

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