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convert

noun

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1 a person who has recently been persuaded to join a religious sect
  • the converts were the most vocal and fervent worshippers in the church

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2 one who follows the opinions or teachings of another
  • the British biologist T. H. Huxley was one of the earliest converts to Darwin's theory of evolution

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convert

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of convert (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to persuade to change to one's religious faith
  • young missionaries who go door-to-door trying to convert people

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2 to change in form, appearance, or use
  • the old factory was converted into an apartment building

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3 to cause (someone) to agree with a belief or course of action by using arguments or earnest request
  • many who used to insist that global warming was a myth have since been converted

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4 to take or make use of under a guise of authority but without actual right
  • the bailee converted the goods to his own use

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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

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

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“Convert.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/convert. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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