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

Example Sentences

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 Will Rogers passed for two touchdowns and Mississippi State stopped a potential game-tying 2-point conversion with 1:25 remaining to preserve a 24-22 Egg Bowl win over No. 20 Mississippi on Thursday night. Chris Burrows, ajc, 25 Nov. 2022 Kellen Mond’s 2-point conversion to Kendrick Rogers in the seventh overtime gives Texas A&M 74-72 victory over No. 8 LSU, tying the NCAA record for most overtimes in an FBS game. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2022 However, the conversion process has been quite slow given the existing rules and regulations involving quotas and licensing restrictions. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 21 Nov. 2022 The group also said detained transgender women were mandated to attend conversion therapy sessions as a condition of their release. CBS News, 21 Nov. 2022 But the play’s arc, in which Sidney must abandon the luxury of avoiding politics and recognize the need for a broader freedom fight, was central to Hansberry’s theater of radical conversion. Daniel Pollack-pelzner, The Atlantic, 21 Nov. 2022 Cooks had a 19-yard catch for a fourth-down conversion that brought the Texans to the edge of field-goal range later in the half, although the drive would end with a Davis Mills interception two plays later. Josh Criswell, Chron, 20 Nov. 2022 Seth Miron completed 10 of 17 passes for 112 yards and had a huge third-down rushing conversion on the final drive. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 With a past as ranch land and a stop on the Santa Fe Railroad in the early 1900s followed by conversion to a trailer park in the 1970s, the 1986 restoration and 2004 expansion of this unique desert oasis represents a vast improvement. Joan Meiners, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

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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