persuade-v; 1 Senses

Sense Number 1: induce to a course of action or a point of view

If she doesn't want to go, nothing you can say will persuade her.
It's no use trying to persuade him you're innocent.
He is trying to persuade local and foreign businesses to invest in the project.
Using a bunch of bananas, the zoo-keeper persuaded the monkey back into its cage.
The first priority is to persuade the management of the urgency of this matter.

VerbNet: force-59
FrameNet: Suasion
PropBank: persuade.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2