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 cost associated with not requiring vaccinates may be enough to convince many employers, Jenkins said. Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2021 The challenge and opportunity, as an Indian company, is to convince exceptional Silicon Valley entrepreneurs – those who've been in the sector for many years that recognize collaboration will yield bigger, better results. Rod Berger, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Those numbers might already be enough to convince you that the $95 kicks are worth adding to your cart. Eva Thomas,, 19 Aug. 2021 Manning a microphone out front of Lake Central High School, Aurelio told the group congregated around him that the goal was to convince three of the five board members to reverse the recent decision to require students to wear face masks. Michelle L. Quinn,, 17 Aug. 2021 Khalil Parsa, one of the chief organizers of the protest, said the hope was to convince the president and the United Nations to send a peacekeeping force to Afghanistan. Washington Post, 16 Aug. 2021 The key is to convince the other half who aren't vaccinated yet to get it. Harry Enten, CNN, 7 Aug. 2021 While European players learn the game young and are developed in elaborate academies, the U.S. teams’ current best hope is to convince athletes from other sports to pick up handball. Los Angeles Times, 6 Aug. 2021 The goal here is to convince everyone that this is the time. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 5 Aug. 2021

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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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“Convince.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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 : persuade


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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