Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

conversion

play
noun con·ver·sion \kən-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

Simple Definition of conversion

  • : the act or process of changing from one form, state, etc., to another

  • : the act or process of changing from one religion, belief, political party, etc., to another

  • : a successful attempt at scoring extra points in rugby or American football

Full Definition of conversion

  1. 1 :  the act of converting :  the process of being converted

  2. 2 :  an experience associated with the definite and decisive adoption of a religion

  3. 3 a :  the operation of finding a converse in logic or mathematics b :  reduction of a mathematical expression by clearing of fractions

  4. 4 :  a successful attempt for a point or points especially after a touchdown or for a first down <a 2-point conversion> <a third-down conversion>

  5. 5 :  something converted from one use to another

  6. 6 :  gene conversion

con·ver·sion·al play \-ˈvərzh-nəl; -ˈvər-zhə-, -ˈvər-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of conversion

  1. The company is undergoing a conversion to a new computer system.

  2. They have suggested conversion of the old school into apartments.

  3. Conversion to gas heating will continue over the next few years.

  4. a conversion from Catholicism to Judaism

  5. He is thinking about conversion to Buddhism.



Origin of conversion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin conversion-, conversio, from convertere


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

conversion

play
noun con·ver·sion \kən-ˈvər-zhən, -shən\

Medical Definition of conversion

  1. 1:  the transformation of an unconscious mental conflict into a symbolically equivalent bodily symptom

  2. 2:  gene conversion





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up conversion? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 8, 2016

to clear from accusation or blame

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

spindrift duvet kittly-benders pince-nez
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ