convert

verb
con·​vert | \ kən-ˈvərt \
converted; converting; converts

Definition of convert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to bring over from one belief, view, or party to another They tried to convert us to their way of thinking.
b : to bring about a religious conversion in The missionaries converted the native people to Christianity.
2a : to alter the physical or chemical nature or properties of especially in manufacturing converting starch into dextrose
b(1) : to change from one form or function to another converted the attic into a bedroom
(2) : to alter for more effective utilization convert a coal furnace to oil
(3) : to appropriate without right
c : to exchange for an equivalent convert foreign currency into dollars convert a bond
3 obsolete : turn
4 : to subject to logical conversion
5a : to make a goal after receiving (a pass) from a teammate
b : to score on (an attempt, such as a try for point or free throw)
c : to make (a spare) in bowling

intransitive verb

1 : to undergo conversion He converted to Islam.
2 : to succeed in an attempt for a point, field goal, or free throw

convert

noun
con·​vert | \ ˈkän-ˌvərt \

Definition of convert (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is converted a convert to Christianity

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Synonyms for convert

Synonyms: Verb

proselyte, proselytize

Synonyms: Noun

neophyte, proselyte

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Verb

transform, metamorphose, transmute, convert, transmogrify, transfigure mean to change a thing into a different thing. transform implies a major change in form, nature, or function. transformed a small company into a corporate giant metamorphose suggests an abrupt or startling change induced by or as if by magic or a supernatural power. awkward girls metamorphosed into graceful ballerinas transmute implies transforming into a higher element or thing. attempted to transmute lead into gold convert implies a change fitting something for a new or different use or function. converted the study into a nursery transmogrify suggests a strange or preposterous metamorphosis. a story in which a frog is transmogrified into a prince transfigure implies a change that exalts or glorifies. joy transfigured her face

Examples of convert in a Sentence

Verb

They tried for two points but could not convert. They had many chances to score but they couldn't convert their opportunities. They had chances to score but couldn't convert.

Noun

I didn't think I'd like paying my bills online, but now I'm a convert. the converts were the most vocal and fervent worshippers in the church
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There’s optimism that this will be figured out early this year, and Wynne is moving forward in converting a large chunk of DMC’s storage space into an automobile assembly hall. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Inside the Car Company That's Resurrecting the DeLorean," 18 Jan. 2019 Living > Parties Almost one year to the day after opening her Bond Street pop-up shop, Gwyneth Paltrow has made the plunge and converted her space into a full-on Goop Lab. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Gwyneth Paltrow Celebrates Goop Lab’s New York Arrival," 15 Nov. 2018 The high school's art classrooms, where the majority of the shooting occurred, likely will be gutted and converted into storage space or an office for the school district's police department. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Santa Fe ISD trustees to vote on high school security upgrades," 10 July 2018 According to Gen Fujioka, policy director for the Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC), SRO rents ballooned 90 percent from 2013 to 2017 in part because of owners converting units into dorms for tech workers. NBC News, "San Francisco's housing crisis puts pressure on historic Asian enclaves," 10 July 2018 The sound walls from Boca Raton to Deerfield Beach coincide with an I-95 plan to widen and convert carpool lanes into two toll express lanes in each direction. Marci Shatzman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "New I-95 sound walls rising from Boca Raton to Deerfield Beach," 6 July 2018 The farmhouse, an 18th century converted barn with four bedrooms, two kitchens, a two-bedroom guest cottage, and an outdoor dining area, is said to be worth £2.5 million (or just under $3.2 million). Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Prefer Cotswolds Farmhouse To Nottingham Cottage," 10 Jan. 2019 Like others in its class, Huawei’s converted wholesale to USB-C, with a pair of ports on the device, one on either side. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on: Huawei's Matebook 13 shrinks the Matebook X Pro into a 'Whiskey Lake'-powered laptop," 7 Jan. 2019 Not even my lashes can convert me from being a side sleeper. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "I Tried DIY Eyelash Extensions For A Month And Called It Quits With Mascara," 3 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The read/write system of the memory can deal with both and convert between the two. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Rough-and-ready quantum memory may link disparate quantum systems," 9 Nov. 2018 The efforts by Elazari and Bugcrowd have already won new converts. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "New open source effort: Legal code to make reporting security bugs safer," 2 Aug. 2018 As with many converts, Deetz is focused on preparing dishes the way they are served in Vietnam. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "The Temple Club: Vietnamese food you can’t get anywhere else," 2 Feb. 2018 Even outside his leadership of Jamaah Ansharut Daulah, Mr. Oepriarto was good at gaining converts. New York Times, "At the Heart of Indonesia Terror Attacks, a Well-Liked Family," 18 May 2018 Four of the third downs Seattle didn’t convert were of 9 yards or more. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "What to watch for when the Seahawks play the Chicago Bears on Monday night," 16 Sep. 2018 Delta Air Lines was an early convert, ordering 75 C Series planes with deliveries to start next year; more recently, JetBlue snapped up 60 of the jets. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "5 New Planes That Will Change the Way You Travel," 4 Sep. 2018 Then there were the converts: folks who were already active elsewhere on Reddit, but poked their heads into conspiracy subreddits once the crisis arose. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Here’s One Way to Reform an Internet Conspiracy Theorist," 27 June 2018 Paul, a convert to Christianity who went around evangelizing people, was a known troublemaker, said Douglas Campbell, a professor of New Testament at Duke Divinity School. Emily Mcfarlan Miller And Yonat Shimron, USA TODAY, "Why is Jeff Sessions quoting Romans 13 and why is the bible verse so often invoked?," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of convert

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convert

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French convertir, from Latin convertere to turn around, transform, convert, from com- + vertere to turn — more at worth

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convert

verb

English Language Learners Definition of convert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to change (something) into a different form or so that it can be used in a different way
: to change to a different system, method, etc.
: to change from one form or use to another

convert

noun

English Language Learners Definition of convert (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has changed to a different religion, belief, political party, etc.

convert

verb
con·​vert | \ kən-ˈvərt \
converted; converting

Kids Definition of convert

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to change from one form to another There are mechanical devices that convert air into beautiful sounds.— E. B. White, The Trumpet of the Swan
2 : to change from one belief, religion, view, or party to another
3 : to exchange for an equivalent I converted my dollars into euros.

convert

noun
con·​vert | \ ˈkän-ˌvərt \

Kids Definition of convert (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has been convinced to change to a different belief, religion, view, or party

convert

transitive verb
con·​vert | \ kən-ˈvərt \

Legal Definition of convert

1a : to change from one form or use to another
b : to exchange (property) for another especially of a different kind if property…is compulsorily or involuntarily convertedInternal Revenue Code especially : to exercise the right of conversion by exchanging (preferred shares or bonds) for common stock
2 : to appropriate (another's property) by conversion the bailee converted the goods to his own use — see also embezzle

Other Words from convert

converter noun
convertible \ kən-​ˈvər-​tə-​bəl \ adjective

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