Definition of "convince" []

  • To bring by the use of argument or evidence to firm belief or a course of action. See Synonyms at persuade. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To prove to be wrong or guilty. (verb-transitive)
  • Obsolete To conquer; overpower. (verb-transitive)
  • To make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; persuade (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To persuade (someone) to do something (verb)
  • To overcome (verb)
  • To prove guilty (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "convince" in a sentence
  • "I. vii.64 (432,5) Will I with wine and wassel so convince] To _convince_ is in Shakespeare to _overpower_ or _subdue_, as in this play,"
  • "An illusion that won't convince is a palpable lie, and that's what grand opera is to me when little Barillo throws a fit, clutches mighty Tetralani in his arms (also in a fit), and tells her how passionately he adores her."
  • "Sometimes the hardest person to convince is myself."