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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Old Spice hired Coffman in 2017 for a campaign to target the mothers of teen boys to convince them to buy their products. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartzy, "Pinfluencers are here to stay," 10 Sep. 2019 In fact, these changes, along with mitochondrial DNA and other genetic markers have convinced some zoologists that the Tibetan wolf and other wolf populations in the Himalayas should be classified as a separate species from the gray wolf. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Wolves Gave Tibetan Mastiffs Their Mountaineering Genes," 9 Sep. 2019 Daring souls can hire their own boat, try to convince the driver to pay it a visit, and view it safely from the water. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Creepy Catacombs, Islands of Dolls, and 18 Other Terrifying Places for Thrill Seekers," 4 Sep. 2019 No religion or media or bully can convince me that true love is unnatural. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Ari Lennox Claps Back At Homophobic People: 'If You Don’t Support LGBTQ Community, You Don’t Support Me'," 3 Sep. 2019 So, if you haven't been convinced yet to put down the vape pen, maybe this news will do the trick. Maggie O'neill,, "How Can You Get Chemical Pneumonia From Vaping? Pulmonologists Explain," 29 Aug. 2019 Oklahoma convinced the judge that Johnson & Johnson misled consumers about the risks of opioids creating a public nuisance — one of the claims being advanced in the Ohio litigation. Fox News, "Oklahoma Johnson & Johnson verdict figures to impact other opioid lawsuits," 27 Aug. 2019 Fears that an outbreak of mosquitoes carrying the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus could turn deadly have convinced Connecticut officials to close campgrounds and begin pesticide spraying in Pachaug State Forest. Gregory B. Hladky,, "State to spray pesticides at Pachaug State Forest to block spread of Eastern Equine Encephalitis mosquitoes," 23 Aug. 2019 Johnson says that when Hill called, he was convinced that police were going to kill him. Gina Martinez, Time, "A Philadelphia Lawyer Was Watching the Police Standoff on TV. Then the Gunman Called Him: 'I Need Your Help'," 17 Aug. 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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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