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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In fact, Harvest Time was created with a specific goal: to convince American women to buy beer. Melissa Hendrickson, Smithsonian, "How American Brewers Employed Fine Art to Sell Beer," 6 Aug. 2019 Terri had such low self-esteem and felt so inadequate next to her skinny friends that she was convinced no boy could possibly like her. Alice Lesperance, Teen Vogue, "Euphoria's Kat Is Not the Fat Teenage Girl Trope You've Seen Before," 5 Aug. 2019 Fountain attempted to convince the victims to settle the damages of the accident without involving authorities. Carol Robinson |, al, "Montgomery murder suspect was Georgia fugitive, faces new charges," 25 July 2019 However, Biro’s scientific findings weren’t enough to convince art connoisseurs or the International Foundation for Art Research that the painting was authentic. Susan Hoffman, Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa woman known for her fight to authenticate a possible Jackson Pollock painting dies without selling it," 15 July 2019 But key questions remain, including whether its results will hold up over the long term and produce value for patients and employers, and whether investors can be convinced of the durability of its business model. STAT, "Diabetes-coaching startup Livongo files to go public in a test for health tech," 28 June 2019 Those options boil down to two choices: convince the court to order the youth into detention, or provide services to a child's family to allow the child to safety return home. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "Department of Child Safety doesn't want to house youth who have committed crimes. New law gives time to find alternatives," 27 June 2019 Dodie works to deliver the box to its original owner and convinces a new tenant (Jesse Hutch) to help her search. Tomás Mier,, "Lifetime Announces 28 Christmas Movies Starring Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Melissa Joan Hart and More," 22 July 2019 But 26-year-old Facebook employee Morgan Beller was the brains behind the operation, convincing her bosses to plunge Facebook into blockchain. Fortune, "Women Lead Only 2.8% of Fortune Global 500 Companies: The Broadsheet," 22 July 2019

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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 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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