conversion

noun

con·​ver·​sion kən-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce conversion (audio)
-shən
1
: the act of converting : the process of being converted
2
: an experience associated with the definite and decisive adoption of a religion
3
a
: 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
6
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Others like Yas and OK are conversions from other types of vessels. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 8 Apr. 2024 At many synagogues, particularly Orthodox ones, the mikvah is reserved for strictly traditional uses, including conversion to Judaism and symbolic cleansing by women after menstruation. Jenna Russell Tristan Spinski, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2024 If your objectives include converting viewers into leads or customers, use platforms with robust conversion tracking to gain insights into user actions. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 29 Mar. 2024 Often the greatest returns can be found in the more mundane work of optimizing site speed, product search, conversion triggers and overall customer experience. Robert Giovannini, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 The Lightning boast the NHL’s top power-play conversion rate as well as its most productive scorer with the man advantage, Nikita Kucherov, and another power player in the top 10, longtime captain Steven Stamkos. Andrew Knoll, Orange County Register, 23 Mar. 2024 This form is better absorbed and utilized in the body, particularly for those with the MTHFR gene variants, which may inhibit the conversion process of folic acid (the synthetic form of folate) to active folate. Casey Seiden, Parents, 22 Mar. 2024 Credits are then used for voice conversion and stem separation, with more creator tools on the way. Kristin Robinson, Billboard, 20 Mar. 2024 Our 100% contract renewal rate is one example of customer confidence in Cloud DX and comes just after the announcement of the early conversion of convertible debentures, followed by the escrow of 26 million shares, showing equally strong confidence from investors. Sacramento Bee, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near conversion

Cite this Entry

“Conversion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conversion. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

conversion

noun
con·​ver·​sion kən-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce conversion (audio)
1
: the act of converting : the state of being converted
2
: a change in nature, form, or units
3
: a change of religion

Medical Definition

conversion

noun
con·​ver·​sion kən-ˈvər-zhən, -shən How to pronounce conversion (audio)
1
: the transformation of an unconscious mental conflict into a symbolically equivalent bodily symptom
2

Legal Definition

conversion

noun
con·​ver·​sion kən-ˈvər-zhən How to pronounce conversion (audio)
1
a
: 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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