WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016 con•vert 1 /
v. kənˈvɝt; n. ˈkɑnvɝt/ USA pronunciation v.
to change into something of different form or properties; transform: Electricity is converted into heat to warm the room. [~ + object ] The agent's pen converts to a radio receiver and transmitter. [no object ]
to (cause to) adopt a different belief, etc.: My Methodist father converted when he married my Catholic mother. [no object ] He converted to Judaism. [~ + to + object ] St. Patrick converted Ireland to Christianity. [~ + object ( + to + object) ]
to turn to another use or purpose: [~ + object + (in)to + object ] They wanted to convert the study into a nursery.
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. [~ + object + (in)to + object ]
Chemistry to cause (a substance) to undergo a chemical change to convert sugar into alcohol. [~ + object + (in)to + object ]
Sport to make a conversion in football or basketball. [no object ] n.
[countable ] a person who has been converted. See
. -vert- WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016 con•vert
1 ( v. kən vûrt ′; n. kon ′vûrt), v.t.
Philosophyto change (something) into a different form or properties; transmute; transform.
to cause to adopt a different religion, political doctrine, opinion, etc.: to convert the heathen.
to turn to another or a particular use or purpose; divert from the original or intended use: They converted the study into a nursery for the baby.
to modify (something) so as to serve a different function: to convert an automobile factory to the manufacture of tanks.
to obtain an equivalent value for in an exchange or calculation, as money or units of measurement: to convert bank notes into gold; to convert yards into meters.
Business to exchange voluntarily (a bond or preferred stock) into another security, usually common stock, because of the greater value of the latter. [Finance. ]
to change in character; cause to turn from an evil life to a righteous one: to convert a criminal.
Chemistry to cause (a substance) to undergo a chemical change: [Chem. ] to convert sugar into alcohol.
to invert or transpose.
[Law. ] to assume unlawful rights of ownership of (personal property).
to change the form of (property), as from realty to personalty or vice versa.
Lawto appropriate wrongfully to one's own use.
Philosophy to transpose the subject and predicate of (a proposition) by conversion. [Logic. ]
Computing to subject to conversion. [Computers. ] v.i.
to become converted.
Sport to make a conversion. [Football. ] n.
one who has been converted, as to a religion or opinion.
Latin; see converse 2 Anglo-French) Latin convertere to change completely, equivalent. to con- con- + vertere to turn round (see verse); convert (noun, nominal) replacing converse, Middle English convers ( Middle English converten 1250–1300
con•ver ′tive, adj.
1 . See transform. 2 . proselytize. 16 in Unabridged dictionary . proselyte, neophyte, disciple. con•vert
2 (kon ′vûrt), n. [Informal. ]
a convertible automobile. Businessa convertible bond.
Etymology:by shortening of
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convert vb /( kənˈvɜːt/ mainly tr) to change or adapt the form, character, or function of; transform to cause (someone) to change in opinion, belief, etc to change (a person or his way of life, etc) for the better ( intransitive) to admit of being changed (into): the table converts into a tray ( also intr) to change or be changed into another chemical compound or physical state: to convert water into ice to assume unlawful proprietary rights over (personal property) to change (property) from realty into personalty or vice versa ( also intr) to make a conversion after (a try) to transpose the subject and predicate of (a proposition) by conversion to change (a value or measurement) from one system of units to another to exchange (a security or bond) for something of equivalent value n / ˈkɒnvɜːt/ a person who has been converted to another belief, religion, etc Etymology: 13 th Century: from Old French convertir, from Latin convertere to turn around, alter, transform, from vertere to turn conˈvertive adj
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