Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

convince - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb [transitive]     convince pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleconvincing
past tenseconvinced
past participleconvinced
  1. 1
    to make someone believe that something is true
    convince someone of something:

    He failed to convince the jury of his innocence.

    convince someone (that):

    Maria had convinced herself that he didn’t love her.

    You don’t have to convince me you’re the right person for the job.

  2. 2
    to persuade someone to do something
    convince someone to do something:

    They tried to convince him to buy a cheaper car.

quiz invitation


a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play