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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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

The facility opened in 2006 after being converted from a medium-security prison. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "Texas suburb ends contract with immigrant detention center," 26 June 2018 Aldrin responded this month with a lawsuit, accusing Andrew Aldrin and his business manager of recent years, Christina Korp, of elder exploitation, unjust enrichment and of converting his property for themselves. Gretchen Morgenson, WSJ, "Buzz Aldrin Fights Family For Control of His Space Legacy," 25 June 2018 In interviews, though, small Chinese manufacturers seemed unaware of them or unwilling to pay the costs of converting their equipment to use them. Chris Buckley, New York Times, "In a High-Stakes Environmental Whodunit, Many Clues Point to China," 24 June 2018 Additionally, about 1,000 tons of radioactive scrap metal was shipped to the Luckey site in the early 1950s, in anticipation of converting the plant back to its original magnesium processing activities. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Radioactive soil from Ohio heads to Wayne County landfill next week," 22 June 2018 Rodriguez, distinguished by his long flowing locks of hair, got his opportunity at the end of May when Samardzija went on the disabled list, completing a rapid ascent to the majors after converting from outfield to the mound in 2014. Craig Davis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Giants' South Florida pitching duo Andrew Suarez, Dereck Rodriguez to face Marlins," 12 June 2018 Ali was born Cassius Clay, and changed his name after converting to Islam in the 1960s. Jill Colvin, Houston Chronicle, "Trump considers Muhammad Ali pardon; late boxer's lawyer says no need," 8 June 2018 From the moment Kieran Trippier stroked in a beautiful free kick in the fifth minute until Ivan Perisic converted a highly-skilled equalizer with 22 minutes of regulation remaining, a spot in the final was England’s to lose. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why England's World Cup pain hurts so much," 11 July 2018 The right-hander had an 8.10 ERA and converted two of four save opportunities in seven games through April 17. Mike Digiovanna, latimes.com, "Dodgers' Matt Kemp and Kenley Jansen are selected to National League All-Star team," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Likewise, the prison diary of Vibia Perpetua of Carthage, who was martyred in 203 at the age of 21 after becoming a Christian convert, recorded both her inner thoughts and daily life, making her the founding mother of prison literature. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "Literature Behind Bars," 12 July 2018 Its filmmaker, Jeffrey Kimball, an urban birding convert, captured four seasons of Central Park’s birding community in an engaging portrait of its singular characters. Penelope Green, New York Times, "Young Urban Birders, Open Your Hearts to the Treetops!," 23 June 2018 Webb, a convert to Islam whose grandfather was a Christian minister, combines a love for popular culture, particularly hip-hop, with deep Islamic learning. Daniel Burke, CNN, "Hear from some of America's most influential Muslims," 4 May 2018 Despite often being prolific Redditors, converts sink the least effort into conspiracy theorizing, often repeating the same small point over and over. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "Here’s One Way to Reform an Internet Conspiracy Theorist," 27 June 2018 But will stepping back into the limelight win converts in the United States—or play into the opposition’s hands? David Grimm, Science | AAAS, "‘A cataclysmic wake-up call’: Can more candor win back support for animal research?," 26 June 2018 Hyde-Smith is not the only convert to the GOP who’s being attacked on her past. David Weigel, Washington Post, "In GOP primaries, Trump loyalty is a weapon against conservative insurgents," 10 July 2018 Aina is a recent convert to chemical exfoliants rather than physical ones like a scrub. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jackie Aina Walks Us Through Her Intense Nighttime Skin Routine," 6 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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