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convert

verb con·vert \ kən-ˈvərt \
|Updated on: 11 Jun 2018
converted; converting; converts
1 a : 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.
2 a : 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
5 a : 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
1 : to undergo conversion
  • He converted to Islam.
2 : to succeed in an attempt for a point, field goal, or free throw

Examples of convert in a Sentence

  1. They tried for two points but could not convert.

  2. They had many chances to score but they couldn't convert their opportunities.

  3. They had chances to score but couldn't convert.

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Origin and Etymology of convert

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

Synonym Discussion of convert

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

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convert

noun con·vert \ ˈkän-ˌvərt \
: one that is converted
  • a convert to Christianity

Examples of convert in a Sentence

  1. I didn't think I'd like paying my bills online, but now I'm a convert.

  2. the converts were the most vocal and fervent worshippers in the church

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First Known Use of convert

1561

in the meaning defined above

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CONVERT Defined for English Language Learners

convert

  • : 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

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


CONVERT Defined for Kids

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convert

verb con·vert \ kən-ˈvərt \
converted; converting
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.

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convert

noun con·vert \ ˈkän-ˌvərt \
: a person who has been convinced to change to a different belief, religion, view, or party

Law Dictionary

convert

transitive verb con·vert \ kən-ˈvərt \
1 a : 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 converted
  • Internal 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

converter

noun

convertible

play \kən-ˈvər-tə-bəl\ adjective


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