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


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 for convert

Synonyms: Verb

proselyte, proselytize

Synonyms: Noun

neophyte, proselyte

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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


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.


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 Tigers converted two fourth downs en route to the end zone with 4:53 remaining. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Katy grits out season-opening win over North Shore," 30 Aug. 2019 Marroquin then converted the game winner after a scoreless initial overtime period., "Howard CC wrap-up: Marroquin nets overtime winner for men’s soccer against Catonsville," 29 Aug. 2019 First, McNally converted her only break point of the match to lead 6-5. Howard Fendrich,, "Serena Williams avoids U.S. Open upset against 17-year-old Caty McNally," 28 Aug. 2019 Andrew Martel, another converted safety, is slated to start at outside linebacker ahead of JUCO transfer Trevor Harmanson. Greg Luca,, "Former UTSA walk-on LaDarian McFarland answers challenge, claims starting linebacker spot," 28 Aug. 2019 Bolden was born a Baptist but converted to Catholicism in 1964, after a Franciscan missionary baptized her infant son at a local hospital. NBC News, "Catholic church settles sex abuse case with Southern black man," 27 Aug. 2019 Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice and Carlos Pavón converted in his MLS debut as the Galaxy pulled out to a 3-1 lead in the 16th minute. Frank Dell’apa,, "MLS season could have a Hollywood ending for LAFC," 26 Aug. 2019 Sophomore Sophie Browndyke converted the first Lawrenceburg turnover into three points with a 30-yard field. Mark Schmetzer,, "Indiana high school football: East Central beats Lawrenceburg for third year in row, 30-12," 23 Aug. 2019 Castro converted for the Gators rolling to his right and finding Clayton on a 22-yard touchdown pass for the game’s final score. Daily Pilot, "Huntington Beach football can’t hold onto early lead, drops opener to Green Valley," 23 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And other missionaries had produced converts, so why not ours? Daneet Steffens,, "Margaret Atwood’s powerful ‘The Testaments’ picks up 15 years after ‘Handmaid’s Tale’," 4 Sep. 2019 This, however, was never going to be an easy race to try an convert pole into a victory. Matias Grez, CNN, "Charles Leclerc dedicates first Formula 1 victory to Anthoine Hubert," 1 Sep. 2019 The trickiest part is keeping taxes low enough to capture converts from the black and largely untaxed medical market but high enough to bring dollars to the state. Samantha J. Gross,, "Taxing legal pot could be good for states, but study says there’s little data to show it," 20 Aug. 2019 The combination of Warren’s personal touch and policy detail was enough to win at least one convert in Franconia. Los Angeles Times, "A tale of two rallies: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have similar ideas but competing paths to 2020 victory," 19 Aug. 2019 The more converts, the healthier this culture of ours will be. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Praying for a Conversion Miracle for Dr. Leana Wen and Other Pro-Choice Women," 22 July 2019 And, says Highland, expenses should fall by at least 0.1 percentage point when the fund converts to a closed end. Jason Zweig, WSJ, "When Mutual-Fund Values Get Muddy," 14 Dec. 2018 Pastor Joshua Hilmy, a convert to Christianity from Islam who was known to preach his new religion freely, disappeared around Nov. 30, 2016, along with his wife, Ruth Sitepu. New York Times, "In Malaysia, Calls for New Leaders to Revisit Old Abductions and Deaths," 25 May 2018 The Book of Mormon Tony-winning Trey Parker-Matt Stone musical comedy about a pair of Mormon missionaries seeking converts in an African village; contains explicit language. Matt Cooper,, "SoCal theater listings, July 7-14: ‘The Play That Goes Wrong,’ ‘The Skin of Our Teeth’ and more," 5 July 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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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



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


transitive verb
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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