Definition of convince in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈvins/


[with object]
1Cause (someone) to believe firmly in the truth of something: Robert’s expression had obviously convinced her of his innocence [with object and clause]: you couldn’t convince him that a floppy disk was as good as a manuscript
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  • Until someone convinces me, I believe it would weaken the power of Leeds City Council.
  • He is desperate to convince us that he believes in the rightness of his actions.
  • The hardest trick to pull is convincing someone that the truth is a lie.
make certain, persuade, satisfy, prove to;
assure, put/set someone's mind at rest
1.1Persuade (someone) to do something: she convinced my father to branch out on his own
More example sentences
  • His father's death convinces him not to change the world but to save it.
  • She said the Mayor had convinced her to bring a group of people to Ballina for the annual Festival next July.
  • The British reaction to earlier shows convinced him to bring Smile over here.
persuade, induce, prevail on/upon, get, talk into, win over, cajole, inveigle


Although it is common to see convince and persuade used interchangeably, there are distinctions in meaning that careful writers and speakers try to preserve. Convince derives from a Latin word meaning ‘conquer, overcome.’ Persuade derives from a Latin word meaning ‘advise, make appealing, sweeten.’ One can convince or persuade someone with facts or arguments, but, in general, convincing is limited to the mind, while persuasion results in action (just as dissuasion results in nonaction): the prime minister convinced the council that delay was pointless; the senator persuaded her colleagues to pass the legislation.



Example sentences
  • Initially, this wasn't much of a convincer; when she was single and dating, Tonya employed a companion-locating algorithm that had steered her to Adam, after all.
  • I was asked by several of my fellow theatergoers during the intermission and I swore to my integrity, placing my hand on the Bible I'd lifted from my last hotel room as a convincer.
  • Now, in such a situation a really clever operator will only drop in a few of the ‘convincers’ that he has already developed and stored away.


Example sentences
  • You have to rethink on your presentation to be more convincible, or you will surely be considered as an mouth piece of an organization and nothing more.
  • Freddie Prinze, Jr. would not make a convincible Fred, as characterised in the show.
  • Whatever else may be said of Peter Reith - and I particularly liked the Treasurer's comment in Parliament last week that he is ‘a very convincible fellow’ - it has to be conceded he is persistent.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'overcome, defeat in argument'): from Latin convincere, from con- 'with' + vincere 'conquer'. Compare with convict.

Words that rhyme with convince

chintz, evince, Linz, mince, Port-au-Prince, prince, quince, rinse, since, Vince, wince

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Syllabification: con·vince

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