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 The first sunscreen that convinced me to actually wear sunscreen, that is. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, "Why This Beauty Editor Can't Wait to Apply the EltaMD Sunscreen Every Day," 14 Feb. 2020 Fickell, the Bearcats' head coach since 2017 who had been considered a front-runner for the Spartans' job, said Monday that family and relationships he's built convinced him to stay at UC. Dave Clark,, "Mel Tucker agrees to become Michigan State Spartans football head coach, per report," 12 Feb. 2020 But this exercise was enough to convince us that the real-world range between the Taycan and the Model S won't be significantly different. Dave Vanderwerp, Car and Driver, "In Our Testing, the Porsche Taycan's Range Nearly Equaled That of the Tesla Model S," 11 Feb. 2020 How to Change Your Mind, my last book, sold an unusually large number of copies in audio, convincing me this is where a substantial part of my audience is these days. Rachel King, Fortune, "Michael Pollan and ‘How Caffeine Created the Modern World’," 10 Feb. 2020 Traveling to Singapore convinced me of this even more. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Marcus Samuelsson: Traveling to Japan and Singapore “Was My College”," 10 Feb. 2020 In Biden’s telling, his children and grandchildren, his wife and siblings were instrumental in convincing him to run for the White House for a third time. Philip Elliott / Goffstown, Time, "After A Rocky Start in Iowa, Joe Biden Shakes Up His Campaign," 8 Feb. 2020 That convinced him that human activity since the Industrial Revolution was warming the planet. Anchorage Daily News, "Some GOP lawmakers consider altering stance on climate change," 3 Feb. 2020 There’s a level of complete and utter commitment: the actors are convinced they’re delivering Oscar-worthy material. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "The Return of “The Oscar,” an Unseeable, Unwatchable Flop," 3 Feb. 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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22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

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