1. To cause (someone) by the use of argument or evidence to believe something or to take a course of action. See Synonyms at persuade.
a. To prove to be wrong or guilty.
b. To conquer; overpower.
[Latin convincere, to prove wrong : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + vincere, to conquer; see weik-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: According to a traditional rule, one persuades someone to act but convinces someone of the truth of a statement or proposition: By convincing me that no good could come of staying, he persuaded me to leave. If the distinction is accepted, then convince should not be used with an infinitive: He persuaded (not convinced) me to go. In our 1981 survey, 61 percent of the Usage Panel rejected the use of convince with an infinitive. But the tide of sentiment against the construction has turned. In our 2016 survey, 80 percent accepted it in the sentence I tried to convince him to chip in a few dollars, but he refused. Even in passive constructions, a majority of the Panel accepted convince with an infinitive; the sentence After listening to the teacher's report, the committee was convinced to go ahead with the new reading program was accepted by 59 percent of the Panel. Persuade, on the other hand, is fully standard when used with an infinitive or a that clause, in both active and passive constructions. An overwhelming majority of Panelists as far back as 1996 accepted the sentences After a long discussion with her lawyer, she was persuaded to drop the lawsuit and The President persuaded his advisers that military action was necessary. Some writers may wish to preserve the traditional distinction, but they should bear in mind that most readers are unlikely to notice.
1. to move by argument or evidence to belief, agreement, consent, or a course of action: to convince you of his guilt.
2. Obs. to prove or find guilty.
3. Obs. to overcome; vanquish.
[1520–30; < Latin convincere to prove (guilt), demonstrate =con-con- + vincere to overcome]
usage: convince, an often stated rule says, may be followed only by that or of, never by to: We convinced him that he should enter (not convinced him to enter) the contest. He was convinced of the wisdom of entering. In support of the rule, convince is often contrasted with persuade, which may take to, of, or that:We persuaded him to seek counseling (or of his need for counseling or that he should seek counseling). The history of usage does not support the rule. convince (someone) to has been in use since the 16th century and, despite some objections, occurs today in all varieties of speech and writing and is fully standard.
Usage: The use of convince to talk about persuading someone to do something is considered by many British speakers to be wrong or unacceptable. It would be preferable to use an alternative such as persuade or talk into.
to persuade (a person) that something is true. Her smile convinced me that she was happy; She is convinced of his innocence. oortuig يُقْـنِـع убеждавам convencer přesvědčit überzeugen overbevise πείθωconvencer veenma متقاعد کردن vakuuttaa convaincre לְשַכנֵע समझा देना uvjeriti, osvjedočiti meggyőz meyakinkan sannfæra convincere 確信させる 납득시키다 įtikinti pārliecināt yakin overtuigenoverbeviseprzekonać قانع كول، رضا كول: محكوم كول convencer a convinge убеждать presvedčiť prepričati ubediti övertyga โน้มน้าว ikna etmek, inandırmak 使信服 переконувати يقين دلانا، باور كرانا thuyết phục 使信服
All I say is that it is not argument that convinces me of the necessity of a future life, but this: when you go hand in hand with someone and all at once that person vanishes there, into nowhere, and you yourself are left facing that abyss, and look in.
I am not given to needless worrying, but the more I tried to convince myself that all was well with Powell, and that the dots I had seen on his trail were antelope or wild horses, the less I was able to assure myself.
And this circumstance, while it explains the true motives of Lady Susan's conduct, and removes all the blame which has been so lavished on her, may also convince us how little the general report of anyone ought to be credited; since no character, however upright, can escape the malevolence of slander.