What does convince mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. convert, win over, convinceverb

    make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something

    "He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product"


  1. convinceverb

    To make someone believe, or feel sure about something, especially by using logic, argument or evidence.

  2. convinceverb

    To overcome, conquer, vanquish.

  3. convinceverb

    To confute (someone); to prove (someone) wrong; to overcome (someone) in argument.

  4. Etymology: From convincere, from con- + vinco.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To CONVINCEverb

    Etymology: convinco, Latin.

    That which I have all this while been endeavouring to convince men of, and to persuade them to, is no other but what God himself doth particularly recommend to us, as proper for human consideration. John Tillotson.

    But having shifted ev’ry form to ’scape,
    Convinc’d of conquest, he resum’d his shape. John Dryden, Virg.

    History is all the light we have in many cases, and we receive from it a great part of the useful truths we have, with a convincing evidence. John Locke.

    To convince all that are ungodly among them, of all their ungodly deeds. Jude 15.

    The discovery of a truth, formerly unknown, doth rather convince man of ignorance, than nature of errour. Walter Raleigh.

    O seek not to convince me of a crime,
    Which I can ne’er repent, nor can you pardon. Dryden.

    Your Italy contains none so accomplished a courtier, to convince the honour of my mistress. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    There are a crew of wretched souls
    That stay his cure; their malady convinces
    The great essay of art. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Knaves be such abroad,
    Who having, by their own importunate suit,
    Or voluntary dotage of some mistress,
    Convinc’d or suppled them, they cannot chuse
    But they must blab. William Shakespeare, Othello.

    When Duncan is asleep, his two chamberlains
    Will I, with wine and wassel, so convince,
    That memory, the warder of the brain,
    Shall be a fume. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. Convince

    Convince, also known as Bongo or Flenke, is a religion from eastern Jamaica. It has roots in Kumina and Jamaican Maroon religion.


  1. convince

    Convince is a verb that refers to the process of causing someone to believe firmly in the truth of something, persuading them to do something, or making them understand or realize the validity, truth, or importance of a particular concept, belief or idea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Convinceverb

    to overpower; to overcome; to subdue or master

  2. Convinceverb

    to overcome by argument; to force to yield assent to truth; to satisfy by proof

  3. Convinceverb

    to confute; to prove the fallacy of

  4. Convinceverb

    to prove guilty; to convict

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Convince

    kon-vins′, v.t. to subdue the mind by evidence: to satisfy as to truth or error: (B.) to convict: to refute.—n. Convince′ment.—adjs. Convinc′ible; Convinc′ing, producing conviction.—adv. Convinc′ingly. [L. convincĕre, con, sig. completeness, and vincĕre, victum, to conquer.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'convince' in Verbs Frequency: #672

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of convince in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of convince in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of convince in a Sentence

  1. Larry Hogan:

    You can't pin all of it on White Republicans, i mean, there's a lot of disinformation campaigns out there from the right and the left, a lot of people who are vaccine-hesitant. And we're doing everything we can to overcome that with public information spots, spending millions of dollars to try to convince people.

  2. Marco Rubio:

    I think we are at a stage now where at least two of the candidates have openly admitted that the only way they're going to be able to win the nomination is to have a floor fight in Tampa in August, there's no way that anyone can convince me that having a floor fight at the convention in Tampa in August is a recipe for victory in November. On the contrary, I think it's a recipe for disaster.

  3. Peter Hotez:

    Chip Walter want to make sure the vaccine is not worsening that, that may take more time in order to convince both the companies and the regulators that these kinds of phenomenon are not occurring.

  4. David Anderson:

    It's so coercive to hold this over people's heads, to try and convince them to get a vaccine that, for their own personal reasons they've decided is not right for them, i find the mandate unacceptable and really unfortunate, and it will have long-term consequences.

  5. Sipho P Nkosi:

    Who are meant to be together, they convince not one another.

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