convince

verb con·vince \ kən-ˈvin(t)s \

Definition of convince

convinced; convincing
transitive verb
1 obsolete
a :to overcome by argument
2 obsolete :demonstrate, prove
3 :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

convincer

noun

Examples of convince in a Sentence

  1. He convinced me that the story was true.

  2. They convinced us of their innocence.

  3. I managed to convince myself that I was doing the right thing.

  4. We convinced them to go along with our scheme.

  5. I was unable to convince her to stay.

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Origin and Etymology of convince

Latin convincere to refute, convict, prove, from com- + vincere to conquer — more at victor


CONVINCE Defined for English Language Learners

convince

verb

Definition of convince for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (someone) to believe that something is true

  • : to cause (someone) to agree to do something


CONVINCE Defined for Kids

convince

verb con·vince \ kən-ˈvins \

Definition of convince for Students

convinced; convincing
: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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