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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin convincō (I refute, prove), from con- + vincō (I conquer, vanquish).

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convince (third-person singular simple present convinces, present participle convincing, simple past and past participle convinced)

  1. To make someone believe, or feel sure about something, especially by using logic, argument or evidence.
    I wouldn't have or do something, unless I'm convinced that it's good.
    • (Can we date this quote by Atterbury and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Such convincing proofs and assurances of it as might enable them to convince others.
  2. To persuade.
  3. (obsolete, transitive) To overcome, conquer, vanquish.
    • (Can we date this quote by Shakespeare and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      His two chamberlains / Will I with wine and wassail so convince / That memory, the warder of the brain, / Shall be a fume.
  4. (obsolete, transitive) To confute; to prove wrong.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      God never wrought miracle to convince atheism, because his ordinary works convince it.
  5. (obsolete, transitive) To prove guilty; to convict.
    • Bible, John viii. 46
      Which of you convinceth me of sin?
    • (Can we date this quote by Dryden and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Seek not to convince me of a crime / Which I can ne'er repent, nor you can pardon.

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ItalianEdit

VerbEdit

convince

  1. third-person singular present of convincere

LatinEdit

VerbEdit

convince

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of convincō