convince Definition

to cause someone to believe that something is true or to do something by giving them a good reason to do it.

Using convince: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "convince" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I finally convinced him to come with us.

  • Example

    She convinced me of the feasibility of the project.

  • Example

    He was trying to convince her to move to New York.

  • Example

    The evidence convinced the jury of his guilt.

convince Synonyms and Antonyms

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Antonyms for convince

Idioms Using convince

  • to not believe or be persuaded by something


    I'm not convinced that he's telling the truth.

  • to persuade someone very effectively


    She convinced the pants off the investors and got the funding she needed.

  • to become persuaded or convinced of something


    He convinced himself of his own importance.

Phrases with convince

  • to persuade oneself that something is true or real


    He convinced himself that he was doing the right thing.

  • difficult to persuade or convince


    She's hard to convince, but I'll try my best.

  • to persuade others that one is not guilty of a crime or wrongdoing


    His lawyer convinced the jury of his innocence.

Origins of convince

from Latin 'convinco', meaning 'overcome, refute'


Summary: convince in Brief

The verb 'convince' [kənˈvɪns] means to persuade or cause someone to believe or do something by providing a good reason. It is often used in contexts where one person is trying to persuade another, as in 'I finally convinced him to come with us.' The phrase 'convince oneself' refers to self-persuasion, while 'not be convinced' indicates disbelief. 'Convince the pants off someone' is an idiom for effective persuasion.

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