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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Rachel puts on a faux maturity about it and mistakenly convinces Jill to go out with Ross. Vanessa Golembewski, Glamour, "Have You Noticed They're Always Reading on Friends? Yes, Even Joey," 2 July 2018 While the White House later backed away from an agreement, the tweet came after oil and gasoline prices surged last week even after Saudi Arabia convinced OPEC to potentially add nearly 1 million barrels a day to the market. Mohammed Sergie,, "Trump Tweets, Saudis Scramble: Here's How the U.S. Steers OPEC," 1 July 2018 The behavior seems unusual, but others are not convinced the leopard is exhibiting tool use. National Geographic, "Leopard Plays With Prey’s Own Bones," 19 June 2018 Other researchers say Ramirez Rozzi’s argument is convincing. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, "After a bar opens, the Baka pygmies of Cameroon have fewer babies," 18 June 2018 He was convinced the Thais were looking in the wrong place. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 He was convinced that the methods had changed — but not the underlying cruelty. Carol Marbin Miller, miamiherald, "A victim of vile abuse at Florida reform school, he spent his life fighting for justice," 10 July 2018 Monday’s vote is an attempt to convince the RNC that Charlotte still wants the convention. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Charlotte releases details for Monday RNC vote. Here’s how to share your views.," 12 July 2018 Cincinnati area health leaders and coalitions fighting the heroin epidemic had spent the last few years going to dozens of public meetings trying to convince elected officials to allow needle exchanges in their communities. Terry Demio,, "Living with HIV: Fueled by heroin, HIV makes an alarming resurgence in Cincinnati," 11 July 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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