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

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 The council approved a request to combine a restaurant and retail shop and convert it to a Starbucks coffee shop with a drive-through at 13432 Poway Road in the Poway Town and Country Center. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Sep. 2021 In a backdoor Roth, investors make a non-deductible contribution to a traditional IRA and then quickly convert to a Roth IRA. Kristin Mckenna, Forbes, 7 July 2021 That includes the Cancer Cell Line Factory, which aims to collect and then convert tumor samples into cell models. Kevin Lin, STAT, 18 June 2021 And Seminole could then convert that Hi-Oaks Ranch property into a large public wilderness area with nature trails and other amenities. Martin E. Comas,, 7 Apr. 2021 The Warriors convert the two-way contracts of Juan Toscano-Anderson and Nico Mannion into standard NBA deals, then sign a couple of G League players to their open two-way contracts. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2021 His base salary is $11.5 million, and the Bears could take the majority of that and convert it into a bonus, thus kicking more cap commitments into the future. Brad Biggs,, 2 Sep. 2021 Metabolism is the process your body uses to break down food and convert it to energy. Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2021 Infiltrate the lives of four strong-willed women residing in the cozy confines of a suburban New Jersey cul-de-sac and convert them as acolytes in a Bacchic initiation., 26 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fifty-four years old, a career journalist and a midlife convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church, Dreher became known in the George W. Bush era for genial renderings of a fundamentally dour set of politics. The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Rebanks is a soil geek, with the zeal of the convert. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2021 As a new-ish convert to low-waste living myself, I was thrilled to hear that Emma Roberts joined the plastic-free party this July. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, 21 July 2021 To find out, Nate Sloan asked someone who knows firsthand: journalist Nathan Rabin, the author of two books on ICP and a Juggalo convert. Alex Kapelman, Vulture, 17 Aug. 2021 The most famous of the heroes of the Risorgimento (as the long 19th-century fight for Italian unification and self-rule became known), Giuseppe Garibaldi was born in 1807 and was an early convert to the cause. Gregory Dowling, WSJ, 16 July 2021 These Baked Zucchini Fries may have made a low-carb convert out of me! Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 24 June 2021 Anti-theft devices are also available for catalytic converters, which are located on the underside of vehicles and convert pollutants into safer gases. Jennifer Johnson,, 29 June 2021 Our reviewer put the much-loved rechargeable bottle opener to the test, and came out a convert. Janelle Randazza, USA TODAY, 22 June 2021

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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 convert (audio) \ adjective

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