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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Recent Examples on the Web But a slightly higher crowdfunding cap may not be enough to convince people to forgo money from those brand-name venture capitalists — many of whom are practically drowning in cash. Kate Sheridan, STAT, 7 June 2021 Officials have struggled to convince some people that the vaccine truly is free and that getting it won’t affect immigration status. Russ Mitchell Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 June 2021 Cheney went right at Baier making clear that Fox News has aided and abetted Trump and his loyalists in their quest to convince people that the election was, in fact, stolen from him. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 14 May 2021 The heads of cigarette companies need to convince people to smoke, casino executives rely on gamblers, and beer and wine makers have to keep people drinking. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Now public health experts are looking for ways to convince people who are hesitant to get vaccinated against the deadly disease. Laura A. Bischoff, USA TODAY, 12 May 2021 Now public health experts are looking for ways to convince people who are hesitant to get vaccinated against the deadly disease. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 12 May 2021 The measure is meant to convince people to read article in full before sharing it, to get access to more context rather than just the story’s headline. Chris Smith, BGR, 10 May 2021 The subtext of these programs is clear: The lifesaving benefits of COVID-19 vaccination have not been enough to convince many people to get their shots. Jamie Ducharme, Time, 5 May 2021

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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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The first known use of convince was in 1530

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10 Jun 2021

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“Convince.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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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 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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