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First, let's look at the traditional definitions of convince and persuade.
Convince is a verb.
cause someone to believe something is true or that your idea is good
Convince comes from a Latin word meaning "conquer, overcome." If you convince someone to believe something, you conquer their beliefs.
When we use convince in this way, we usually say:
Until the 1950s, convince and persuade had different meanings and were used in the different ways mentioned above.
During the 1950s in the United States, persuade and convince became synonyms. That means that they have similar meanings and can be used in the same sentences.
In modern American English, both of these sentences are correct:
Today many writers and teachers use convince and persuade interchangeably. That means that one word can be used in place of another word.
According to some dictionaries, both words can mean "to change beliefs" and "to make someone do something," and it is acceptable to use these words as synonyms in English conversation.
Note: in modern American English both
convince and persuade can be used with an infinitive.
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