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

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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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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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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