convince

verb
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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Some begin to convince themselves the offense was one piece away. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Despite changes, Michigan football faces familiar questions on offense," 6 July 2018 And if you're not convinced of this yet, Harry Nuriev's striking pendant light is about to prove that literally anything can be transformed into something beautiful and useful. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "You Won't Believe What This Chic Pendant Light Is Made Out Of," 18 Apr. 2019 Gamers may prefer wired connections to wireless ones, but Rivet Network’s new Killer AX 1650 network card just might convince some folks that it’s finally time to cut the cord. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Killer's AX 1650 network card taps Wi-Fi 6 for wireless gaming that doesn't suck," 15 Apr. 2019 Overall, people at this meeting seem more interested in exploring all sides of a subject than in showing off knowledge or trying to convince anyone to come over to their side. Christy Karras, The Seattle Times, "Pick a table, pick a topic, pick a cocktail — it’s time to pick people’s minds, civilly, at Drunken Philosophy," 29 Mar. 2019 Lane and his partner, Dennis Curry, convinced the TVA to lower the lake level, which opened up a passage to the chamber where Gant was trapped, but only by about 6 inches. Bo Emerson, ajc, "Cave rescuers in Southeast watch their Thai colleagues with admiration," 10 July 2018 Sam’s exuberance was what really convinced me to get involved. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "Behind the Bar, Mixing Drinks With Aid for a Faraway Home," 9 July 2018 Read: Call all of your closest friends and convince them to go splitsies with you on a new pad, ASAP. Megan Stein, Country Living, "HGTV Is Currently Casting for the Most Amazing Series and Where Do We Sign Up?," 9 Mar. 2019 Soon after, Ally is picked up by a record producer that convinces her to go the pop music route. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is 'A Star Is Born' Really About? Here's a Look at All 4 Versions of the Movie," 24 Feb. 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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convince

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convince

: to cause (someone) to believe that something is true
: to cause (someone) to agree to do something

convince

verb
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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