convince

verb
con·​vince | \ kən-ˈvin(t)s How to pronounce convince (audio) \
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
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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The image delivered a stirring visual of Pan Am’s idea, and also convinced more than a few Americans that the airline’s moonshot was legit. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "When Pan Am Promised To Fly Us To the Moon," 28 Feb. 2019 Gaga recently called off her engagement to Christian Carino, and fans are convinced Gaga and Cooper have fallen madly in love. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's "Shallow" Performance at the Oscars Just Broke the Internet," 25 Feb. 2019 The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Walt Disney tried convincing girls to wait for a handsome rescuer. Jenna Birch, Woman's Day, "11 Love Lessons Every Mother Should Teach Her Daughter," 23 Jan. 2019 Loyal viewers will likely remember Army Corporal John Sydney (Dabney Coleman), an old friend of Agent Gibbs (Mark Harmon) who convinces him to go on a road trip. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Is 'NCIS' on Tonight?," 29 Jan. 2019 Uncomfortable about the incident, Areum proposes to leave the job, but Bongwan, who's taken a shine to her, convinces her to stay. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's real-life affair yields a trio of films about infidelity," 12 July 2018 The film feels no need to convince us Graves isn't deluded, but anyone curious enough to do a bit of research will find accredited Western-medicine physicians who take him seriously. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Milford Graves: Full Mantis': Film Review," 11 July 2018 Perhaps in response, Amazon has been trying to convince consumer brands to feature Alexa shopping commands on their advertisements and packaging. Rani Molla, Recode, "Voice tech like Alexa and Siri hasn’t found its true calling yet: Inside the voice assistant ‘revolution’," 12 Nov. 2018 Nick is determined to automate the store's processes and lay off workers, while Ellie tries to convince him that nothing can replace real people. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "55 New Christmas Movies You Can Watch on TV This Holiday Season," 1 Oct. 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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convince

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convince

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

convince

verb
con·​vince | \ kən-ˈvins How to pronounce convince (audio) \
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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