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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The developer entered into agreements with Antioch, Hercules and Hayward allowing it to move forward with its property conversions. Sarah Ravani, SFChronicle.com, "East Bay tenants face eviction as developer converts units to affordable housing," 1 Sep. 2019 In Piety and Power, LoBianco offers key insights into Pence’s personal life and career, including his evangelical conversion, and gives a highly-detailed history of how President Trump selected Pence to be his running mate in 2016. Annabel Gutterman, Time, "The 42 Most Anticipated Books of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 After their third fourth-down conversion of the evening, the Pioneers were in position to add to the lead, but Quinn intercepted the ball in the end zone with 22 seconds left before halftime. Andrew Turner, Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach football can’t solve Western," 30 Aug. 2019 Senior quarterback William Anglen’s 10-yard touchdown run and his two-point conversion cut the lead to 20-17. cleveland.com, "No. 9 Euclid football comes out strong, holds on late to beat No. 17 Glenville, 29-24," 30 Aug. 2019 The Beavers could merely improve their third-down conversions with more of a conservative approach. oregonlive, "Key to Oregon State’s 2019 season? Offense moving the sticks," 29 Aug. 2019 Kicker Jason Sanders kicked a 40-yard field goal, the first of his two conversions to get Miami on the board. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Ryan Fitzpatrick struggles mightily vs. Jaguars, forcing Brian Flores to re-evaluate Dolphins’ starting quarterback job," 23 Aug. 2019 Denver’s population growth neutralizes the present slow pace of our conversion from fossil fuels to renewable resources. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Can the Denver City Council clear the air? (8/18/19)," 18 Aug. 2019 The wake for one of downtown St. Paul’s last non-residential art studio buildings was meant to mourn more than just a single 1909 structure before its conversion to luxury housing. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Art-infused Jax St. Paul building offers Lowertown luxury, without the artists," 12 Aug. 2019

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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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