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Meaning of CONVINCE

Pronunciation:  kun'vins

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; "He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product"

CONVINCE is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: convert, win over
 See Also: disarm, persuade, proselytise, proselytize, sway



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Con*vince"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Convinced}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Convincing}.] [L. convincere, -victum, to refute,
prove; con- + vincere to conquer. See {Victor}, and cf.
1. To overpower; to overcome; to subdue or master. [Obs.]

         His two chamberlains Will I with wine and wassail so
         convince That memory, the warder of the brain, Shall
         be a fume.                            --Shak.

2. To overcome by argument; to force to yield assent to
   truth; to satisfy by proof.

         Such convincing proofs and assurances of it as might
         enable them to convince others.       --Atterbury.

3. To confute; to prove the fallacy of. [Obs.]

         God never wrought miracle to convince atheism,
         because his ordinary works convince it. --Bacon.

4. To prove guilty; to convict. [Obs.]

         Which of you convinceth me of sin?    --John viii.

         Seek not to convince me of a crime Which I can ne'er
         repent, nor you can pardon.           --Dryden.

Syn: To persuade; satisfy; convict.

Usage: To {Convince}, {persuade}. To convince is an act of
       the understanding; to persuade, of the will or
       feelings. The one is effected by argument, the other
       by motives. There are cases, however, in which
       persuade may seem to be used in reference only to the
       assent of the understanding; as when we say, I am
       persuaded it is so; I can not persuade myself of the
       fact. But in such instances there is usually or always
       a degree of awakened feeling which has had its share
       in producing the assent of the understanding.

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