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convince

[kuh n-vins] /kənˈvɪns/
verb (used with object), convinced, convincing.
1.
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.
2.
to persuade; cajole:
We finally convinced them to have dinner with us.
3.
Obsolete. to prove or find guilty.
4.
Obsolete. to overcome; vanquish.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin convincere to prove (something) false or true, (somebody) right or wrong, equivalent to con- con- + vincere to overcome; see victor
Related forms
convincedly, adverb
convincedness, noun
convincer, noun
convincible, adjective
convincibility, noun
half-convinced, adjective
preconvince, verb (used with object), preconvinced, preconvincing.
quasi-convinced, adjective
reconvince, verb (used with object), reconvinced, reconvincing.
unconvinced, adjective
unconvincible, adjective
well-convinced, adjective
Synonyms
1. satisfy.
Usage note
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
  • But the world's oil giants are not convinced that it will work.
  • Many are reaping whatever they can sow, convinced the good times won't last.
  • Surely this magazine's readers don't need to be convinced.
  • Some primatologists are convinced that bonobos can learn to communicate with us on our own terms.
  • They weren't convinced their water was polluted, but they were desperate enough to try it as an experiment.
  • Not everyone on campus is convinced that a move to need-based aid would be wise.
  • Yet he seems quite convinced that the expansionist credo he once heard from an extremist settler is also, secretly, state policy.
  • But not all experts on corals and climate are convinced by the new study.
  • convinced he was on the right track, he persevered in the face of adversity.
  • But customer interest convinced them there was a need for a retail native plant nursery.
British Dictionary definitions for convinced

convince

/kənˈvɪns/
verb (transitive)
1.
(may take a clause as object) to make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; persuade
2.
(mainly US) to persuade (someone) to do something
3.
(obsolete)
  1. to overcome
  2. to prove guilty
Derived Forms
convincement, noun
convincer, noun
convincible, adjective
Usage note
The use of convince to talk about persuading someone to do something is considered by many British speakers to be wrong or unacceptable
Word Origin
C16: from Latin convincere to demonstrate incontrovertibly, from com- (intensive) + vincere to overcome, conquer
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Word Origin and History for convinced

convince

v.

1520s, "to overcome in argument," from Latin convincere "to overcome decisively," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + vincere "to conquer" (see victor). Meaning "to firmly persuade" is from c.1600. Related: Convinced; convincing; convincingly.

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