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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While Ripple has argued that XRP is not equity, not everyone is convinced. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Term Sheet - Friday, July 13," 13 July 2018 By reframing the problem, the report helped convince Marc Ginsburg, who owns William Penn Realty, that reconstruction was feasible. Inga Saffron,, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 2018 Over the objections of other senior staffers, including the secretary of state, Pruitt helped convince Trump to start withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate accords. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Scott Pruitt is leaving behind a toxic mess at the EPA," 6 July 2018 As an activist with the group Save the Confluence, Yellowhorse spent years convincing Navajo leaders to reject the development. Krista Langlois, Outside Online, "Sacred Native American Sites Are Not Your Playgrounds," 5 July 2018 Being in playing shape helped convince Diener to join the Golden Eagles Alumni after being hesitant the past three years. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travis Diener still has some game and he's showing it in The Basketball Tournament," 1 July 2018 City officials are hopeful the success of that shelter will help convince council members and community leaders to accept new shelters in their areas. Ryan Lillis And Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Sacramento wants to build large homeless shelters. But these key sites face opposition," 30 June 2018 Williams’ crusade helped convince British Parliament to take up the issue. Sean Gregory, Time, "Venus Williams Is Still in the Game—On and Off the Court," 21 June 2018 Getting France on board may be almost as difficult as convincing Mr. Trump to play ball. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Germany’s Largest Auto Makers Back Abolition of EU-U.S. Car Import Tariffs," 20 June 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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