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Definition of convince verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they convince
    he / she / it convinces
    past simple convinced
    -ing form convincing
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  1. 1to make someone/yourself believe that something is true convince somebody/yourself (of something) You'll need to convince them of your enthusiasm for the job. convince somebody/yourself (that)… I'd convinced myself (that) I was right. The experience convinced him that the region was on the brink of a revolution.
  2. 2convince somebody to do something to persuade someone to do something I've been trying to convince him to see a doctor. Which Word?persuade / convince The main meaning of persuade is to make someone agree to do something by giving them good reasons for doing it:I tried to persuade her to see a doctor.The main meaning of convince is to make someone believe that something is true:He convinced me that he was right. It is quite common, however, for each of these words to be used with both meanings, especially for convince to be used as a synonym for persuade:I persuaded/convinced her to see a doctor.
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