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 House Democratic impeachment managers will have up to 24 hours over the next three days to convince senators to remove Trump from office. Tim Darnell, ajc, "Senate approves McConnell’s impeachment rules after marathon session," 22 Jan. 2020 Trump is charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, stemming from leveraging the presidency to convince Ukrainian officials to investigate his political rivals. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Sinema votes for more impeachment witnesses, information. McSally votes against," 22 Jan. 2020 The efforts to convince Zelensky to announce an inquiry into Biden are at the heart of the impeachment process. Robyn Dixon, David L. Stern, Natalie Gryvnyak, Anchorage Daily News, "Lev Parnas’ feverish text messages show his wide reach among Ukraine’s oligarchs and political elite," 20 Jan. 2020 That follows a failed effort in Moscow last week to convince both parties to sign a truce agreement. Jessica Donati, WSJ, "World Leaders Agree to Back Cease-Fire in Lengthy Libyan Civil War," 19 Jan. 2020 In December 2018, General Mattis resigned as Secretary of Defense after failing to convince President Donald Trump to reconsider the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria and Afghanistan. Tim Mcmillan, Popular Mechanics, "The Tale of the Tape," 17 Jan. 2020 Several white Quaker neighbors also appeared at the scene, hoping to prevent a violent confrontation Favored now by the strength of numbers, Parker, Kite, and Thompson emerged from the house to convince Gorsuch and Kline to withdraw. James Delle, Smithsonian Magazine, "In 1851, a Maryland Farmer Tried to Kidnap Free Blacks in Pennsylvania. He Wasn’t Expecting the Neighborhood to Fight Back," 17 Jan. 2020 Kamal Hossain, Bangladesh’s top government official in Cox’s Bazar, said Thursday that discussions attempting to convince refugee families to move to the island are continuing. Time, "Bangladesh Says Regularly Submerged Silt Island Now Ready for Rohingya," 17 Jan. 2020 Substantively speaking, presiding over an impeachment trial threatens to undermine Roberts’ efforts to convince the public that judges can be trusted in unreliable times. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The Supreme Court chief has left clues about his views on impeachment," 15 Jan. 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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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Convince.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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