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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So, how Chelsea managed to convince Sunderland to part with £8m to sign him is anyone's guess., "Chelsea Transfers: 6 of the Blues' Most Impressive Sales of All Time," 8 July 2019 The Man, will come together in Anchorage on Tuesday in the latest of many public efforts to convince lawmakers to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes. Madeline Mcgee, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage rally to urge lawmakers to override budget vetoes," 7 July 2019 Given these challenges, analysts have long warned that Draghi's successor may need to convince Europe's rowdy national governments to get in line on a broad plan for fiscal stimulus. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Christine Lagarde is not a central banker. She's just what Europe needs," 3 July 2019 The genius—or madness—is that Facebook has managed to convince 27 other partners to assist it in this endeavor, deflecting some attention from its corporate expansion. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Libra may be Facebook’s best defense against its enemies," 27 June 2019 Before even approaching the question of funding, sheriffs first have to convince taxpayers to care about the jail and the people who live there, Ted Mink, interim executive director of the County Sheriffs of Colorado, said. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Despite fewer arrests, Arapahoe County jail remains overcrowded. The sheriff has a $462M solution that could mean a tax hike.," 26 June 2019 Verizon’s numbers were enough to convince the FCC that a 60-day lock period is acceptable, despite objections raised by T-Mobile. Chris Welch, The Verge, "FCC says Verizon can lock phones to its network for 60 days after purchase," 26 June 2019 One writer on PureWow is convinced that baby boomers, in particular, are not on board with this rising millennial protocol of getting married before your official wedding ceremony. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Should You Sign Your Marriage License Before Your Big Day?," 26 June 2019 The fact that the result was replicated across such a large number of countries, cities and institutions is convincing. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "“Missing” Wallets with More Cash Are More Likely to Be Returned," 20 June 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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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