verb con·vince \kən-ˈvin(t)s\

: to cause (someone) to believe that something is true

: to cause (someone) to agree to do something


Full Definition of CONVINCE

transitive verb
a :  to overcome by argument
b :  overpower, overcome
obsolete :  demonstrate, prove
:  to bring (as by argument) to belief, consent, or a course of action :  persuade <convinced himself that she was all right — William Faulkner> <something I could never convince him to read — John Lahr>
con·vinc·er noun

Examples of CONVINCE

  1. He convinced me that the story was true.
  2. They convinced us of their innocence.
  3. I managed to convince myself that I was doing the right thing.
  4. We convinced them to go along with our scheme.
  5. I was unable to convince her to stay.

Origin of CONVINCE

Latin convincere to refute, convict, prove, from com- + vincere to conquer — more at victor
First Known Use: 1530

Rhymes with CONVINCE

CONVINCER Defined for Kids


verb con·vince \kən-ˈvins\

Definition of CONVINCE for Kids

:  to argue so as to make a person agree or believe <She convinced them to go along.> <He convinced me it was true.>


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