- to move by argument or evidence to belief, agreement, consent, or a course of action: to convince a jury of his guilt; A test drive will convince you that this car handles well.
- to persuade; cajole: We finally convinced them to have dinner with us.
- Obsolete. to prove or find guilty.
- Obsolete. to overcome; vanquish.
Origin of convince
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Convince, an often stated rule says, may be followed only by that or of, never by to: We convinced him that he should enter (not convinced him to enter ) the contest. He was convinced of the wisdom of entering. In examples to support the rule, convince is often contrasted with persuade, which may take to, of, or that followed by the appropriate construction: We persuaded him to seek counseling (or of his need for counseling or that he should seek counseling ). The history of usage does not support the rule. Convince (someone) to has been in use since the 16th century and, despite objections by some, occurs freely today in all varieties of speech and writing and is fully standard: Members of the cabinet are trying to convince the prime minister not to resign.
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Examples from the Web for convince
Turkey is not the only country trying to convince the private sector that domestic violence is their problem, too.The Women Battling an Islamist Strongman
December 22, 2014
Whether or not Risner will be able to convince a federal judge that the U.S. should be held responsible, is another story.Drug Smuggler Sues U.S. Over Dog Bite
December 10, 2014
The only way to stop cops from killing young, unarmed black men is to convince Americans that their lives truly matter.The Only Way to End Police Violence
December 5, 2014
A visit to WoodRocket.com is enough to convince anyone of the truth in that.Inside the Greatest Porn Parody Factory: From ‘Game of Bones’ to ‘The Humper Games’
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“As a teenager, I tried to convince myself I had imagined it,” wrote Bowman.Bill Cosby’s Long List of Accusers (So Far): 18 Alleged Sexual Assault Victims Between 1965-2004
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Windich took some of the old dung with him to convince our companions that we had seen them.Explorations in Australia
He says, he will convince you of his love by deeds, since he is not permitted by you to express it by words.
But I hope you will convince as well them as me of the contrary.
But he was apparently able to convince even Larry la Roche by means of words.Way of the Lawless
(To Béralde) Will you let me convince you; and to show you at once how my mistress loves my master.The Imaginary Invalid
- (may take a clause as object) to make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; persuade
- mainly US to persuade (someone) to do something
- to overcome
- to prove guilty
C16: from Latin convincere to demonstrate incontrovertibly, from com- (intensive) + vincere to overcome, conquer
The use of convince to talk about persuading someone to do something is considered by many British speakers to be wrong or unacceptable
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Word Origin and History for convince
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