con·​vince | \kən-ˈvin(t)s \
convinced; convincing

Definition of convince 

transitive verb

1 : 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

2 obsolete

a : to overcome by argument

b : overpower, overcome

3 obsolete : demonstrate, prove

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Other Words from convince

convincer noun

Examples of convince in a Sentence

He convinced me that the story was true. They convinced us of their innocence. I managed to convince myself that I was doing the right thing. We convinced them to go along with our scheme. I was unable to convince her to stay.
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But Toby convinces her to think on the bright side and be happy about this wonderful news. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Just Dropped Two Massive Bombshells," 28 Nov. 2018 Boeing's pitch is an upgrade of a different color, based on the same game plan that convinced the Trump administration and the Navy to buy more FA-18 Super Hornets. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Hybrid theory: Lockheed Martin, Boeing pitch upgraded F-22, F-15," 26 Nov. 2018 May’s cabinet will try to whip votes, though that won’t likely convince the hardcore Brexiteers. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The many unpredictable outcomes of Brexit, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 Even Senator Jeff Flake, in the end, voted for Kavanaugh, despite the elevator pitch that allegedly convinced him to demand a further FBI instigation, an inquiry that was still born from the moment it was conceived. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Look At Us!”," 7 Oct. 2018 Enter Treanor, who convinced Barraclough his stuff — and in particular, his fastball — was good enough to beat hitters with pitches thrown in the strike zone. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "This Marlins pitcher hasn't given up a hit in more than a month.," 29 June 2018 Thompson even made up with Kim, who convinced him to unblock her on Instagram. Dave Quinn,, "Inside Khloé Kardashian's Backyard 34th Birthday Bash — Including Kylie Jenner's Touching Toast," 28 June 2018 The man who convinced a country to spend $4 or more on a cup of coffee created an industry that rivals have quickly embraced. Chris Morris, Fortune, "On His Last Day At Starbucks, Howard Schultz Walks Away a Multi-Billionaire," 26 June 2018 Yet, the performances actually amounted to back-to-back-to-back showcases for on-the-rise Black men like Diddy’s son King Combs and Drake collaborator BlocBoy JB (who did not convince the 6ix God to join him)., "Why Are The BET Awards Shutting Out Women Performers?," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of convince

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for convince

Latin convincere to refute, convict, prove, from com- + vincere to conquer — more at victor

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English Language Learners Definition of convince

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

: to cause (someone) to agree to do something


con·​vince | \kən-ˈvins \
convinced; convincing

Kids Definition of convince

: 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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