Synonyms & Antonyms of convert

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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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Synonyms & Antonyms of convert (Entry 2 of 2)

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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Frequently Asked Questions About convert

How is the word convert different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of convert are metamorphose, transfigure, transform, transmogrify, and transmute. While all these words mean "to change a thing into a different thing," convert implies a change fitting something for a new or different use or function.

converted the study into a nursery

When is it sensible to use metamorphose instead of convert?

The meanings of metamorphose and convert largely overlap; however, metamorphose suggests an abrupt or startling change induced by or as if by magic or a supernatural power.

awkward girls metamorphosed into graceful ballerinas

In what contexts can transfigure take the place of convert?

The words transfigure and convert are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, transfigure implies a change that exalts or glorifies.

joy transfigured her face

When can transform be used instead of convert?

While the synonyms transform and convert are close in meaning, transform implies a major change in form, nature, or function.

transformed a small company into a corporate giant

When could transmogrify be used to replace convert?

The synonyms transmogrify and convert are sometimes interchangeable, but transmogrify suggests a strange or preposterous metamorphosis.

a story in which a frog is transmogrified into a prince

When would transmute be a good substitute for convert?

While in some cases nearly identical to convert, transmute implies transforming into a higher element or thing.

attempted to transmute lead into gold

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

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“Convert.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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