- The definition of convince is to persuade someone with evidence or argument.
An example of convince is an attorney presenting evidence to get jurors to believe his client is innocent.
transitive verbcon·vinced, con·vinc·ing, con·vinc·es
- To cause (someone) by the use of argument or evidence to believe something or to take a course of action. See Synonyms at persuade.
- Obsolete a. To prove to be wrong or guilty.b. To conquer; overpower.
Origin of convinceLatin convincere, to prove wrong : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + vincere, to conquer; see weik-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present convinces, present participle convincing, simple past and past participle convinced)
From Latin convincō (“to refute, prove”), from con- + vincō (“to conquer, to vanquish”).