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Persuade, 1) to prevail on by argument or entreaty; absol.: “well she can p.” Meas. I, 2, 191. “the silence often of pure innocence --s,” Wint. II, 2, 42. “fair-spoken and --ing,” H8 IV, 2, 52. “call my father to p.” Troil. V, 3, 30. With an accus.: “they should sooner p. Harry,” H5 V, 2, 304. H6A III, 2, 93. “--d,” H6C IV, 7, 30. Cor. I, 1, 205. “O be --d,” Troil. V, 3, 19. Accus. and to: “p. my heart to this false perjury,” Pilgr. 31 and LLL IV, 3, 62. “we shall soon p. him unto reason,” H6C IV, 7, 33. “p. me to the murder of your lordship,” Lr. II, 1, 46. With an inf. preceded by to: “whiles I p. this rude wretch willingly to die,” Meas. IV, 3, 85. “I --d them to wish him wrestle with affection,” Ado III, 1, 41. “if your love do not p. you to come,” Merch. III, 2, 324. Shr. III, 2, 127. H4A II, 4, 339. H4B II, 3, 15. H6A III, 1, 105. R3 III, 1, 33. Cor. V, 3, 120. Oth. V, 2, 16. Ant. IV, 6, 13. Inf. without to: “let me p. you take a better course,” H6A IV, 1, 132.
2) to convince, to bring to an opinion; absol.: “only professes to p.” Tp. II, 1, 236. “your discretions better can p. than I am able to instruct,” H6A IV, 1, 158. With an accus. and to: “my reason that --s me to any other trust,” Tw. IV, 3, 14. With a clause: “my glass shall not p. me I am old,” Sonn. 22, 1. “hath almost --d the king his son's alive,” Tp. II, 1, 234. Gent. V, 4, 65. Wiv. III, 3, 74. As II, 1, 11. Shr. Ind. 1, 63. Tw. III, 4, 321. R2 II, 2, 29. V, 5, 35. H6B III, 2, 137. Lr. II, 4, 114. to p. one's self == to be of opinion: “do you p. yourself that I respect you?” Meas. IV, 1, 53. “I p. me, from her will fall some blessing to this land,” H8 III, 2, 50. “I p. myself, to speak the truth shall nothing wrong him,” Oth. II, 3, 223. --d == of opinion, convinced, confident: “we are well --d we carry not a heart with us . . .,” H5 II, 2, 20. “are you now --d that Talbot is but shadow of himself?” H6A II, 3, 61. “I should be false --d I had daughters,” Lr. I, 4, 254. “she is --d I will marry her,” Oth. IV, 1, 132. With of: “one well --d of --,” Cymb. II, 4, 132. “the best --d of himself,” Tw. II, 3, 162 (having the best opinion of himself).
3) to advise, to counsel, to try to prevail on, to exhort: absol.: “cease to p.” Gent. I, 1, 1. With an accus. designating the person advised: “p. me not,” Wiv. I, 1, 1. “it --s him and disheartens him,” Mcb. II, 3, 37. Accus. and to: “weak-built hopes p. him to abstaining,” Lucr. 130. “by --ing me to it,” Tim. IV, 3, 455. Accus. and inf.: “rather p. him to hold his hands,” Err. IV, 4, 23. “--ing me not to kill the duke,” R3 I, 4, 150. Lr. II, 4, 219. With from (== to dissuade from): “that have so mightily --d him from a first,” As I, 2, 219. “--d him from any further act,” H6B V, 3, 10. With an accus. denoting that which a person is exhorted to do: “hadst thou thy wits and didst p. revenge,” Hml. IV, 5, 168. Dat. and accus.: “sends me a paper to p. me patience,” H6C III, 3, 176.
4) to do one's endeavour to influence or win the opinion of a person; absol.: “how I --d, how I prayed and kneeled,” Meas. V, 93. “the duke himself and the magnificoes of greatest port have all --d with him,” Merch. III, 2, 283. Trans. == to win, to reconcile: “he ran upon the boar with his sharp spear, who did not whet his teeth at him again, but by a kiss thought to p. him there,” Ven. 1114. “beauty itself doth of itself p. the eyes of men,” Lucr. 29. “nor am I yet --d to put up in peace what already I have foolishly suffered,” Oth. IV, 2, 180.
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