WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
con•vert1 /v. kənˈvɝt; n. ˈkɑnvɝt/USA pronunciation  v. 
  1. to change into something of different form or properties;
    transform: [+ object]Electricity is converted into heat to warm the room.[no object]The agent's pen converts to a radio receiver and transmitter.
  2. to (cause to) adopt a different belief, etc.: [no object]My Methodist father converted when he married my Catholic mother.[+ to + object]He converted to Judaism.[+ object ( + to + object)]St. Patrick converted Ireland to Christianity.
  3. [+ object + (in)to + object] to turn to another use or purpose: They wanted to convert the study into a nursery.
  4. [+ object + (in)to + object] to obtain an equivalent value for in an exchange or calculation, such as money or units of measurement:to convert yards into meters; to convert French francs to American dollars.
  5. [+ object + (in)to + object] to cause (a substance) to undergo a chemical change:to convert sugar into alcohol.
  6. [no object] to make a conversion in football or basketball.

n. [countable]
  1. a person who has been converted.
  2. See -vert-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

convert vb /kənˈvɜːt/(mainly tr)
  1. to change or adapt the form, character, or function of; transform
  2. to cause (someone) to change in opinion, belief, etc
  3. to change (a person or his way of life, etc) for the better
  4. (intransitive) to admit of being changed (into): the table converts into a tray
  5. (also intr) to change or be changed into another chemical compound or physical state: to convert water into ice
  6. to assume unlawful proprietary rights over (personal property)
  7. to change (property) from realty into personalty or vice versa
  8. (also intr) to make a conversion after (a try)
  9. to transpose the subject and predicate of (a proposition) by conversion
  10. to change (a value or measurement) from one system of units to another
  11. to exchange (a security or bond) for something of equivalent value
n /ˈkɒnvɜːt/
  1. a person who has been converted to another belief, religion, etc
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French convertir, from Latin convertere to turn around, alter, transform, from vertere to turn

conˈvertive adj



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