con·​vince kən-ˈvin(t)s How to pronounce convince (audio)
convinced; convincing

transitive verb

: to bring (as by argument) to belief, consent, or a course of action : persuade
convinced himself that she was all rightWilliam Faulkner
something I could never convince him to readJohn Lahr
: to overcome by argument
obsolete : demonstrate, prove
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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Word History


Latin convincere to refute, convict, prove, from com- + vincere to conquer — more at victor

First Known Use

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of convince was in 1530

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Cite this Entry

“Convince.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


con·​vince kən-ˈvin(t)s How to pronounce convince (audio)
convinced; convincing
: to make a person agree or believe by arguing or showing evidence
convinced me it was true
convincer noun

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