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 conversion (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 Bartlett followed with the 2-point conversion for a 15-0 lead. Paul Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 11 Sep. 2021 Obviously, the Bob Jones win was big (an 18-17 win on a late 2-point conversion) and last week beating Hazel Green (21-14) in a rivalry game was big. al, 9 Sep. 2021 Pratt scored on a 4-yard keeper, and the Green Wave got the 2-point conversion to make it 37-22. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Sep. 2021 Beginning with the second overtime period, a touchdown-scoring team will be required to attempt a 2-point conversion; there will not be an option to kick for a single point. New York Times, 31 Aug. 2021 Duncan would do the rest with his legs, but without a reliable kicker, Central was forced to go for a 2-point conversion. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 28 Aug. 2021 Mogollon doesn't have a kicker, and Porter ran in the 2-point conversion to make it 54-0. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2021 The visiting Warriors stuffed a run along the right side of Winter Park’s offensive line on a 2-point conversion try to come away with a 19-18 win in three varsity quarters at Showalter Field. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, 21 Aug. 2021 Carlos Hopper added 66 yards on 14 carries with a 2-point conversion. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Aug. 2021

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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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conversible

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17 Sep 2021

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“Conversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conversion. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for conversion

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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