con·​vert | \ kən-ˈvərt How to pronounce convert (audio) \
converted; converting; converts

Definition of convert

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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


con·​vert | \ ˈkän-ˌvərt How to pronounce convert (audio) \

Definition of convert (Entry 2 of 2)

: one that is converted a convert to Christianity

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Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Robbie Gould made both of his field goals goals (38 and 42) to push his kicks-made streak to 17 and converted a pair of extra points. Michael Lerseth,, "49ers’ Super Bowl review: For three quarters, it was theirs to win," 2 Feb. 2020 In one sequence, Williamson made a 3-pointer from the top of the key, converted on a lob and then sank another 3 from the top of the key. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Zion Williamson puts on show with fourth-quarter barrage, but Pelicans fall to Spurs in NBA debut," 23 Jan. 2020 With 4:37 left in the third quarter, Hayward made a powerful drive to the hoop and converted a two-handed dunk in traffic. Adam Himmelsbach,, "Observations from the Celtics’ blowout win over the Grizzlies," 22 Jan. 2020 Running back Derrick Henry rushed for a touchdown after the team converted a gutsy fourth-and-two play earlier in the drive. NBC News, "Chiefs beat Titans, erasing early deficit, to reach Super Bowl LIV," 19 Jan. 2020 The Jaguars then forced a shot-clock violation, and John Pettway converted a 3-point play on the other end to put USA on top for the first time since the first half at the 9:35 mark. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama basketball rallies past Georgia Southern, 74-68," 18 Jan. 2020 The Mean Green went a whopping 8:16 without scoring before Anisha George converted a three-point play. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Women's basketball: UNT falls in another close game," 16 Jan. 2020 During the war, deportees were sent from the building, a former theater converted into a detention center for Jews slated for deportation, , then onward to Nazi death camps. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, "A New Holocaust Museum Is Coming to the Netherlands, With Help From Germany," 15 Jan. 2020 The prison was closed in 1947 and converted into a naval base. Dan Fellner, azcentral, "Ushuaia, Argentina: Cruising to (perhaps) the world's southernmost city," 10 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Whether the series gets them any new converts — and hurts anyone along the way — remains to be seen. Jennifer Gunter, STAT, "Goop’s pseudoscience ministry comes to Netflix," 17 Jan. 2020 Washington's latest converts are 15-year-old Sean Cathey, 16-year-old Rodney Cathey and 13-year-old DJ Cathey. Adriana Diaz, CBS News, "Kentucky restaurant owner gives teen brothers a second chance," 29 Jan. 2020 But evangelicals also control an area where drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and pornography are prohibited, and visiting pastors baptize converts in plastic kiddie pools. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, "“My Gang Is Jesus”," 20 Jan. 2020 Can Sanders win a single convert with an act that has become as predictable as a winter cold front in Iowa and New Hampshire? Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Democrats’ Vaudeville Act," 20 Dec. 2019 The power supply—the little brick on your phone charger, for example—converts that energy, and tremendous advances have been made in the last two decades that make that process more efficient on increasingly miniaturized circuitry. David Kender, USA TODAY, "Myth vs. fact: Unplugging devices when you leave the house," 27 Nov. 2019 Pope Francis is canonizing Cardinal John Henry Newman, the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an immensely influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic churches. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pope canonizes John Henry Newman, unifier in a divided world," 13 Oct. 2019 The tweet came after Francis on Sunday, with Britain’s Prince Charles looking on, canonized Cardinal John Henry Newman, praising the 19th-century Anglican convert who became an influential, unifying figure in both the Anglican and Catholic churches., "People certainly noticed as one person wrote, ‘‘Who Dat, father?’’ At least one Saints player took the tweet as a good sign: ‘‘Wow, are we blessed or what?!??’’," 13 Oct. 2019 For many dance music converts, Keith Flint personified The Prodigy’s raucous, livewire spirit. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The Top 100 Moments of the EDM Decade," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of convert


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


1561, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for convert


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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18 Feb 2020

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“Convert.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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


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

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


con·​vert | \ kən-ˈvərt How to pronounce convert (audio) \
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.


con·​vert | \ ˈkän-ˌvərt How to pronounce convert (audio) \

Kids Definition of convert (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person who has been convinced to change to a different belief, religion, view, or party
con·​vert | \ kən-ˈvərt How to pronounce convert (audio) \

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 How to pronounce convertible (audio) \ adjective

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