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 The county approved the city’s application in April despite an opposing vote from County Commissioner Emily Bonilla, who represents Winter Park and said she wasn’t convinced the community project met the tourism requirements for the cash. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Winter Park approves terms of $6M tourist tax grant for Canopy project," 25 Nov. 2019 The new challenge for modern harvesters is to convince those who have not grown up with the tradition to see the allure of eating nests. 1843, "My quest to understand the appeal of bird’s nest soup," 22 Nov. 2019 That rough third of American voters who were convinced from the start that Clinton must go and Trump must stay are the same—functionally, not literally, as many among that cohort died off and were replaced between 1998 and 2019. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "Making Impeachment Matter," 21 Nov. 2019 But protesters continue to spill out onto the streets because they are no longer convinced by concessions from government. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "Over 300 Killed as Hundreds of Thousands Take Part in Iraqi Protests. What's Behind the Violent Demonstrations?," 13 Nov. 2019 My pain was less frequent and more manageable, and I was finally convinced that diet could affect my endometriosis symptoms. Kirsten Slyter, Bon Appétit, "Learning to Eat for My Endometriosis When Answers Are Scarce," 11 Nov. 2019 Still, some board members said they were not convinced the week without school is a good idea. Lois K. Solomon,, "Broward students could get day off for end of Ramadan," 22 Oct. 2019 The exchange occurred as Boeing was trying to convince the Federal Aviation Administration the system was safe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Boeing says it regrets concerns over internal messages," 20 Oct. 2019 The jury included one man who was actually a British citizen and another who was convinced of Charles’s guilt before the trial began. Michelle Matthews |, al, "’13 Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey’ fan discovers his ancestor is in book," 15 Oct. 2019

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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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Last Updated

29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Convince.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce convince (audio)

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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to state or do over again or repeatedly

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