conversion

noun
con·​ver·​sion | \ kən-ˈvər-zhən , -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 ; -​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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His parents’ backing of Baldwin proves his conversion was real, Nicholson argued. Scott Bauer, The Seattle Times, "2 Trump loyalists vie to take on Wisconsin Sen. Baldwin," 13 Aug. 2018 Before its conversion, the Wilga took off in 400 feet, landed in 280 feet, and stalled at 57mph (92km/h). Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "One man designed and built the ultimate bush plane," 11 Aug. 2018 One of our favorite conversions was done by the Mayes family. Megan Barber, Curbed, "5 surprising vehicles you can convert into a home on wheels," 27 July 2018 Perhaps most symbolic of its economic conversion, the town now hosts a major company, Solar Energy International, that trains solar panel technicians. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 Hinch did not express regret over trading away Hernandez for Liriano, who underperformed after his conversion from starter to reliever with the Astros last season. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Ex-Astros Clippard, Hernandez receive 2017 World Series rings," 25 June 2018 Her quick conversion to the dogma of sustainability may be genetic. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "The Young Farmers Behind Puerto Rico’s Food Revolution," 20 June 2018 Unlike most travel adapters that are either too bulky or require an external converter, this streamlined adapter takes up practically no room in your bag and handles any necessary conversions itself. Popular Mechanics, "Charge 4 Gadgets at Once with This Travel Adapter," 10 Jan. 2019 Others are under-the-radar rigs ranging from DIY builds to budget-friendly conversions. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 9 best camper vans of 2018," 18 Dec. 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 \

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 \

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 \

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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