- 1 to make somebody/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 Europe was on the brink of a revolution.
- 2 convince somebody to do something to persuade somebody to do something I've been trying to convince him to see a doctor. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘overcome, defeat in argument’): from Latin convincere, from con- ‘with’ + vincere ‘conquer’. Compare with convict. 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 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. Some speakers of British English think that this is not correct.Extra examples I had convinced myself (that) I was right. I wasn’t convinced by her arguments. She has managed to convince even the sceptics. The events in Paris convinced him that Europe was on the brink of revolution.
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BrE BrE//kənˈvɪns//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɪns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they convince
BrE BrE//kənˈvɪns//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɪns//he / she / it convinces
BrE BrE//kənˈvɪnsɪz//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɪnsɪz//past simple convinced
BrE BrE//kənˈvɪnst//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɪnst//past participle convinced
BrE BrE//kənˈvɪnst//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɪnst//-ing form convincing
BrE BrE//kənˈvɪnsɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɪnsɪŋ//