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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)

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.

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."