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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: convincere 'to prove untrue, convict, prove', from com- ( COM-) + vincere 'to defeat'

convince

verb
     
con‧vince S3 W3 [transitive]
1 to make someone feel certain that something is true:
Her arguments didn't convince everyone, but changes were made.
convince somebody (that)
Baker had to convince jurors that his client had been nowhere near the scene of the murder.
convince somebody of something
The officials were eager to convince us of the safety of the nuclear reactors.
2 to persuade someone to do something [= persuade]
convince somebody to do something
I've been trying to convince Jean to come with me.

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