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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That incident came directly in front of Heat President Pat Riley, who was engaged in a conversion at the time with Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti, as in take-my-Carmelo-please Sam Presti. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat's Derrick Jones Jr. sprains ankle in loss at summer league," 8 July 2018 The visitors stayed on their front foot to begin the second half, eventually rewarded with a 51st-minute penalty conversion by Lucky Mkosana. Kevin Johnston, Indianapolis Star, "United Soccer League: Playing for Pride, Indy Eleven rally late to draw Penn FC," 30 June 2018 From pop country to the more edgy pop hooks Rexha explores on her album might be a difficult conversion for the people who’ve helped that single rack up over one billion streams. refinery29.com, "Bebe Rexha Isn't Afraid To Be An Anti-Hero With Expectations," 22 June 2018 Kil was charged in December 2015 with misdemeanor conversion in the case. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Judge still deciding sentence for St. John official in sign removal case," 14 June 2018 Moe is visibly unimpressed with Freddy’s late-stage conversion. Jess Bergman, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Robert De Niro Yelling ‘You Blew It!’ in Cop Land," 30 Apr. 2018 After the South's second touchdown, Smith ran in the 2-point conversion for an 18-3 lead with 12:35 left in the first half. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "How did the state's contingent play at the Senior Bowl?," 27 Jan. 2018 So the net result of the 30 percent tariff, said Graepler, is that solar costs will increase only modestly and not enough to deter homeowners or businesses from investing in a solar conversion. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Tariff on solar panels will not kill the industry, locals say | The Kansas City Star," 24 Jan. 2018 Delman, a former teacher, lived in a garage conversion when the two met. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "'Backdoor Revolution': Little houses are coming to your street (photos)," 23 Jan. 2018

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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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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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