I am looking for a word for "bringing someone over to your side of the argument"?

By doing so Enoch ____ [the audience]

What I want transmitted: By doing so Enoch makes his audience believe him ...

Edit: I should note that the reader has no opinion yet...

Based on responses this is what I currently have:

By doing so swaying the audience his way right from the start.

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    convince is a natural candidate – Carly Sep 25 '19 at 20:29

win over

By doing so Enoch won the audience over.

You can also try sway:

By doing so Enoch swayed the audience.

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    I was just researching this but your answer needs a bit of support, such as this Lexico entry for win someone over. – Weather Vane Sep 25 '19 at 19:39

He persuaded the audience:

to move by argument, entreaty, or expostulation to a belief, position, or course of action —MW

Another good synonym is convince.


How about - "Bring around"?

Bring around

To prompt one to change their opinion or view on something.

I've found that political debates at dinner parties rarely bring someone around to a different point of view.


Therefore -

By doing so, Enoch brought around [the audience].

The above is a phrasal verb. A single word could be -


: succeed in persuading or leading (someone) to do something.


Therefore -

By doing so, Enoch induced [the audience].


bring (one) over TFD an idiom

bring (one) over

  • To sway one's loyalties.

And Collins lists bring over as a verb (phrase)

My aunt is determined to bring me over to her political party, ignoring the fact that I am not remotely interested in changing sides!


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