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 One Saturday evening in late December 1936, Homer Cummings, the attorney general, arrived at the White House bearing memos and briefing books and, over the next hour, proceeded to convince Franklin Roosevelt to pack the Supreme Court. Jeff Shesol, The New Republic, "The Case Against Packing the Court," 14 Oct. 2020 Amazon created Prime Day five years ago to stir up sales in July and convince shoppers to sign up for its Prime membership. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Amazon Prime Day kicks off holiday shopping, with Target and others offering deals," 13 Oct. 2020 Public trust in a vaccine will be crucial as health authorities try to convince millions around the world to take it. Fortune, "J&J pauses COVID-19 vaccine trial after participant falls ill," 13 Oct. 2020 Public trust in a vaccine will be crucial as health authorities try to convince millions around the world to take it., "J&J Halts Covid-19 Vaccine Trial Due to Unexplained Illness," 13 Oct. 2020 Uncharacteristically, Roosevelt bungled his proposal, failing to convince the media, his fellow Democrats or the public. John M. Crisp Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, "Democrats should not answer the court packing question," 12 Oct. 2020 Stanford University law professor David Alan Sklansky, a former federal prosecutor, said the killings of Floyd in May and Taylor in March may convince prosecutors to examine new cases more closely. NBC News, "Families seek new investigations into old police killings," 12 Oct. 2020 Becerra would try to convince mayors in his county to buy them by the thousands. Vianna Davila, ProPublica, "The COVID-19 Charmer: How a Self-Described Felon Convinced Elected Officials to Try to Help Him Profit From the Pandemic," 25 Sep. 2020 Niles village officials are hoping state legislators, citizens and professional studies will convince the Illinois Department of Transportation to approve traffic signals for an intersection where a 13-year-old bicyclist was killed in July. Jennifer Johnson,, "After teen bicyclist killed, Niles seeks help from state legislators for traffic safety at intersection," 22 Sep. 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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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Convince.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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