- 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 convinced
When we meet them, their lives are unfulfilled, and at no point are we convinced their condition will change.The Lost Novel of Nobel-Winner José Saramago
January 5, 2015
They eye the door anxiously, convinced that at any moment, a Pakistani or Iranian intelligence officer will come barging in.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
Just that awareness and fear too now so that I was convinced I could not speak.Mailer’s Letters Pack a Punch and a Surprising Degree of Sweetness
Ronald K. Fried
December 14, 2014
A minute ago I was convinced this wasn't going to work, and now I can feel a script forming.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
He and Jessen convinced a stunned and desperate CIA that they were the ones to run a new interrogation program.The Luxury Homes That Torture and Your Tax Dollars Built
December 12, 2014
This convinced me that the cart belonged to Mr. Gosse, who I knew had returned.Explorations in Australia
How my heart rises at her preference of them to me, when she is convinced of their injustice to me!Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
"But that way was so exciting," she urged, not at all convinced.Within the Law
When I say that I am convinced of these things I speak with too much pride.De Profundis
I am convinced of it by the manner in which he spoke of her.Lady Susan
- (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 convinced
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