WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
con•vert1 /v. kənˈvɝt; n. ˈkɑnvɝt/USA pronunciation
- 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.
- 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.
- [~ + object + (in)to + object] to turn to another use or purpose: They wanted to convert the study into a nursery.
- [~ + 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.
- [~ + object + (in)to + object] to cause (a substance) to undergo a chemical change:to convert sugar into alcohol.
- [no object] to make a conversion in football or basketball.
- a person who has been converted.See -vert-.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
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
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French convertir, from Latin convertere to turn around, alter, transform, from vertere to turnconˈvertive adj
- a person who has been converted to another belief, religion, etc
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