verb (used with object), con·vinced, con·vinc·ing.

  1. to move by argument or evidence to belief, agreement, consent, or a course of action: to convince a jury of his guilt; A test drive will convince you that this car handles well.
  2. to persuade; cajole: We finally convinced them to have dinner with us.
  3. Obsolete. to prove or find guilty.
  4. Obsolete. to overcome; vanquish.


  1. not entirely convinced

verb (tr)

  1. (may take a clause as object) to make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; persuade
  2. mainly US to persuade (someone) to do something
  3. obsolete
    1. to overcome
    2. to prove guilty

1520s, “to overcome in argument,” from Latin convincere “to overcome decisively,” from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + vincere “to conquer” (see victor). Meaning “to firmly persuade” is from c.1600. Related: Convinced; convincing; convincingly.

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