conversion

noun
con·​ver·​sion | \ kən-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce conversion (audio) , -shən\

Definition of conversion

1 : the act of converting : the process of being converted
2 : an experience associated with the definite and decisive adoption of a religion
3a : the operation of finding a converse in logic or mathematics
b : reduction of a mathematical expression by clearing of fractions
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 : something converted from one use to another

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Other Words from conversion

conversional \ kən-​ˈvərzh-​nəl How to pronounce conversional (audio) ; -​ˈvər-​zhə-​ , -​ˈvər-​shnəl , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of conversion in a Sentence

The company is undergoing a conversion to a new computer system. They have suggested conversion of the old school into apartments. Conversion to gas heating will continue over the next few years. a conversion from Catholicism to Judaism He is thinking about conversion to Buddhism.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Health officials have said that conversion therapy is scientifically dubious and possibly even dangerous. NBC News, "Israeli minister's gay conversion therapy remarks widely condemned," 15 July 2019 There are plenty of forums—like the VanDwellers Reddit, the Vanual, and Sprinter Forum—to help you install everything from swivel seats to bed platforms, and there are also a few companies selling conversion kits that make DIY easy. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best vans for your DIY camper conversion," 8 Oct. 2018 Currently, according to the Movement Advancement Project, 32 states still allow conversion therapy. Teen Vogue, "Inside the Fight to Ban Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth Through State Laws," 14 June 2019 But Rosalie is only using Carter as a beard to dissuade her fundamentalist Christian parents from sending her back to conversion therapy. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "35 Outstanding LGBTQ+ Books Of 2019," 7 June 2019 After conversion therapy failed to change their son’s sexuality, Teri and Steve Augustine resolved to understand it. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Americans’ views flipped on gay rights. How did minds change so quickly?," 7 June 2019 The owners had begun evicting residents in preparation for the conversion when the Housing Commission intervened and notified them of a city requirement to provide financial assistance to the tenants to help in their relocation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawsuit argues Plaza Hotel owners must replace lost rooms," 6 June 2019 Around the nation, at least 17 states and the District of Columbia have passed bans on conversion therapy. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "While state ignores gay 'conversion therapy,' Huntington Woods bans it," 5 June 2019 The planned conversion of a historic former home into a boutique hotel on downtown Milwaukee's east side would be partly financed through a nonprofit business lender. Tom Daykin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Conversion of historic downtown Milwaukee home to boutique hotel seeks $750,000 MEDC loan," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of conversion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conversion

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

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The first known use of conversion was in the 14th century

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conversion

noun

English Language Learners 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

conversion

noun
con·​ver·​sion | \ kən-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce conversion (audio) \

Kids Definition of conversion

1 : the act of changing : the process of being changed They've finished the conversion of the old school into an apartment building.
2 : a change of religion

conversion

noun
con·​ver·​sion | \ kən-ˈvər-zhən, -shən How to pronounce conversion (audio) \

Medical Definition of conversion

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

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conversion

noun
con·​ver·​sion | \ kən-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce conversion (audio) \

Legal Definition of conversion

1a : the act of changing from one form or use to another
b : the act of exchanging one kind of property for another especially : the act of exchanging preferred stocks or bonds for shares of common stock of the same company usually at a preset ratio or price and at a preset time
equitable conversion
: the constructive conversion of real property into personal property especially as a result of a contract for sale of land or testamentary instructions to sell real estate and divide the proceeds

Note: Equitable conversion is a legal fiction under which the seller of a real property becomes, upon the execution of a contract for the sale of the property, the owner of personal property in the form of legal title to the property that secures payment of the purchase price. The purchaser is deemed to be the holder of equitable title in and owner of the real property, having the rights and being subject to the liabilities that attend that status. In the case of a will in which a property owner authorizes the sale of real property and distribution of the proceeds, the property transforms into personalty by equitable conversion upon the owner's death.

involuntary conversion
: the conversion of property into other property as compensation for the theft, destruction, seizure, requisition, or condemnation of the original property

Note: For income tax purposes, involuntary conversions are generally taxable, and the gain or loss is computed by offsetting the basis of the property against the compensation received (as from insurance).

2 : the crime or tort of interfering with the ownership of another's movable or personal property without authorization or justification (as a lien) and especially of depriving the owner of use and possession — see also fraudulent conversion

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