convert

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verb

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

transitive verb

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

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

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noun

con·​vert ˈkän-ˌvərt How to pronounce convert (audio)
: one that is converted
a convert to Christianity
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Wijesundara and Gassensmith also need to convert the clunky prototype into an easy-to-use device. Adithi Ramakrishnan, Dallas News, 18 May 2023 The window made by the Henry E. Sharp studio in New York had largely been forgotten until a few years ago when Hadley Arnold and her family bought the 4,000-square-foot Greek Revival church building, which opened in 1830 and closed in 2010, to convert into their home. Mark Pratt, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 May 2023 As silicon crystal absorbs sunlight, electrons begin to flow through it—allowing solar panels to convert light into usable electricity. Charles D. Brown Ii, Scientific American, 16 May 2023 The window made by the Henry E. Sharp studio in New York had largely been forgotten until a few years ago when Hadley Arnold and her family bought the 4,000-square-foot (371-square-meter) Greek Revival church building, which opened in 1830 and closed in 2010, to convert into their home. Mark Pratt, Fortune, 14 May 2023 More than $1 billion has been sunk into the processing facility, the first in Indonesia to use an acid-leaching technology to convert low-grade laterite nickel ore - which the country has in abundance - into a higher-grade material suitable for batteries. Rebecca Tan, Dera Menra Sijabat And Joshua Irwandi, Anchorage Daily News, 12 May 2023 County officials said the plan is to convert 142 of the 174 motel rooms into studio apartments. Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2023 The city is also planning to convert a vacant middle school into a temporary shelter for migrants. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 11 May 2023 Streamers can use the Clip Editor tool to convert their recording to a portrait mode orientation at the click of a button, suitable for vertical video platforms like TikTok. Jess Weatherbed, The Verge, 11 May 2023
Noun
Conversion Franchise This type of franchise is where an existing business converts to a franchise model. Eddie Rodriguez, Forbes, 5 May 2023 Despite being a superb foil for the title character on the show, Niles was actually a late convert to Ted Lasso, having not seen the first season before her agent approached her during the COVID-19 pandemic to star in Season 2. Jessica Sager, Peoplemag, 13 Mar. 2023 Today, Mintz said, the only other surviving record of a Jewish community in Makisin is a reference by Obadiah ha-Ger, a Norman convert to Judaism who had passed through in the 12th century. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 15 Feb. 2023 Last year, Aleem Khan’s directorial debut After Love, about a widowed Muslim convert who uncovers the secret life led by her late husband, was the standout performer at the BIFAs, winning six awards, including the top honor of best British independent film. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Nov. 2022 The idea of connecting its characters and stories to great cannabis products can deliver another level of experience to the Heavy Metal fanbase as well as bringing new converts to the Heavy Metal family. Stu Zakim, Rolling Stone, 27 Mar. 2023 For a relatively new convert to the game, Del Conte talks with the fervor of a long-time believer. Dallas News, 2 Mar. 2023 Avery Season Art Originally an AI skeptic, Avery has become a convert to the new art form. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 21 Feb. 2023 Between 2000 and 2020, 18 percent of the country’s Catholics left the Church, according to Gallup, with only one convert for every four who departed. Tim Busch, National Review, 19 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1561, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of convert was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near convert

Cite this Entry

“Convert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/convert. Accessed 31 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

convert

1 of 2 verb
con·​vert kən-ˈvərt How to pronounce convert (audio)
1
: to change from one belief, view, or party to another
2
a
: to change from one substance, form, use, or unit to another
convert pounds to grams
b
: to exchange for something equal in value
convert francs into dollars
converter noun

convert

2 of 2 noun
con·​vert ˈkän-ˌvərt How to pronounce convert (audio)
: a person who has been converted

Legal Definition

convert

transitive verb
con·​vert kən-ˈvərt How to pronounce convert (audio)
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 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
converter noun
convertible adjective

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