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 Referendum supporters, through social media messaging, attempted to convince voters that the Baldwin toll authority had nothing to do with the I-10 project. al, "How the toll referendum failed in Baldwin County, and what’s next for key project," 12 Nov. 2020 With such high stakes on the line, Republican and Democratic operatives have been racing to the Southern state to convince voters that their candidate is worth the vote. Washington Examiner, "Democrat Jon Ossoff challenges David Perdue to three debates as $500M Georgia run-off battles take center stage," 9 Nov. 2020 The two campaigns, plus the third to renew Pre-K 4 SA, spent more than $1.7 million to convince voters to pass all three measures. Bruce Selcraig,, "San Antonio voters approve ballot measures for workforce development, transit & Pre-K," 3 Nov. 2020 McSally sought to convince voters that Kelly, a gun owner and supporter of the Second Amendment, would strip away their gun rights. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, "Race between Martha McSally, Mark Kelly could decide which party controls U.S. Senate," 3 Nov. 2020 Over the past several months, young and progressive voters have used social media to campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic and convince skeptical voters to support Biden. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Young and progressive voters aren’t just ‘settling for Biden’ anymore. They’re going all in.," 26 Oct. 2020 But Weston has spent this year driving his truck across the 2nd Congressional District to convince voters that the two men couldn’t be more different, all the way down to their basic definition of patriotism. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Democrat Kael Weston hopes to be the ‘unicorn’ candidate who can unseat Rep. Chris Stewart," 26 Oct. 2020 Political parties spend millions every election to convince voters to get to the polls. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "Could compulsory voting save democracies in crisis?," 22 Oct. 2020 Trump’s campaign aides have even put excerpts from a Fauci interview into their advertising, hoping to convince voters that the infectious-disease expert has approved of Trump’s response to the coronavirus. Author: Michael Scherer, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump criticizes ‘Fauci and these idiots,’ says public is tired of restrictions as infection rates rise," 20 Oct. 2020

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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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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Convince.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 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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