Definition of conversion
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 : gene conversion
conversionalplay \-ˈvərzh-nəl; -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.
Origin and Etymology of conversion
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin conversion-, conversio, from convertere
First Known Use: 14th century
CONVERSION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conversion for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of conversion for Students
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
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 Editor's 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 Editor's 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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