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con•vert1 /v. kənˈvɜrt; n. ˈkɑnvɜrt/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. to obtain an equivalent value for in an exchange or calculation, such as money or units of measurement:[+ object + (in)to + object]to convert yards into meters; to convert French francs to American dollars.
  5. Chemistry to cause (a substance) to undergo a chemical change:[+ object + (in)to + object]to convert sugar into alcohol.
  6. Sport[no object] to make a conversion in football or basketball.

n. [countable]
  1. a person who has been converted.
See -vert-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
con•vert1  (v. kən vûrt;n. konvûrt),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. Philosophyto change (something) into a different form or properties;
  2. to cause to adopt a different religion, political doctrine, opinion, etc.:to convert the heathen.
  3. 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.
  4. to modify (something) so as to serve a different function:to convert an automobile factory to the manufacture of tanks.
  5. 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.
  6. Business[Finance.]to exchange voluntarily (a bond or preferred stock) into another security, usually common stock, because of the greater value of the latter.
  7. to change in character;
    cause to turn from an evil life to a righteous one:to convert a criminal.
  8. Chemistryto cause (a substance) to undergo a chemical change:to convert sugar into alcohol.
  9. to invert or transpose.
  10. Law
    • to assume unlawful rights of ownership of (personal property).
    • to change the form of (property), as from realty to personalty or vice versa.
  11. Lawto appropriate wrongfully to one's own use.
  12. Philosophy[Logic.]to transpose the subject and predicate of (a proposition) by conversion.
  13. Computingto subject to conversion.

  1. to become converted.
  2. Sport[Football.]to make a conversion.

  1. one who has been converted, as to a religion or opinion.
con•vertive, adj. 
  • Latin; see converse2
  • 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
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  transform. 
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged proselytize.
    • 16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged proselyte, neophyte, disciple.

con•vert2  (konvûrt),USA pronunciation n. [Informal.]
  1. a convertible automobile.
  2. Businessa convertible bond.
  • by shortening of convertible

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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