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

Kate Moran, 16, used the programming languages JavaScript and HTML to build a chemistry conversion calculator. Dana Goldstein, New York Times, "How a State Plans to Turn Coal Country Into Coding Country," 10 Aug. 2019 In stock car racing, this conversion is from the chemical energy stored in gasoline to the kinetic energy of motion. Christine Helms, The Conversation, "NASCAR may be the fastest way to learn about physics," 8 Aug. 2019 Far more useful is the Note’s new handwriting conversion algorithm. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ hands-on: A new model changes the game, for better or worse," 7 Aug. 2019 Landscape conversion also hammers non-human species. Bruce Finley, The Denver Post, "Development devours U.S. natural landscape at rate of 2 football fields per minute, study finds," 6 Aug. 2019 Regardless, it’s fun to see where the luxury conversion sector is heading. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Dapper camper van combines luxury with adventure," 5 Aug. 2019 Lim suggests currency conversion to buy U.S. bonds and uncertainty over trade relations may be making investors think twice. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Investors Are Fleeing Emerging Markets Stocks as Trade War Heats Up," 5 Aug. 2019 On the heel of those events, the transfer of Kedrick James to SMU decreased the depth and neutralized the impact of Cameron Latu’s recent conversion from pass rusher to in-line blocker. Rainer Sabin | Rsabin@al.com, al, "Whatever you call it, Alabama is intrigued by this offensive package," 5 Aug. 2019 The other ways of scoring include a conversion kick for two more points after a team has scored with a try. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Don’t know anything about rugby? Doesn’t matter. You can still play on the beach this summer.," 2 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'conversion.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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