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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
con•vert1 /v. kənˈvɝt; n. ˈkɑnvɝt/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- 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.
- 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.
- Chemistry to cause (a substance) to undergo a chemical change[~ + object + (in)to + object]to convert sugar into alcohol.
- Sport[no object] to make a conversion in football or basketball.
- a person who has been converted.
(v. kən vûrt′;n. kon′vûrt), v.t.
- Philosophyto change (something) into a different form or properties;
- 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[Finance.]to exchange voluntarily (a bond or preferred stock) into another security, usually common stock, because of the greater value of the latter.
- to change in character;
cause to turn from an evil life to a righteous one:to convert a criminal.
- Chemistry[Chem.]to cause (a substance) to undergo a chemical change:to convert sugar into alcohol.
- to invert or transpose.
- to assume unlawful rights of ownership of (personal property).
Lawto appropriate wrongfully to one's own use.
Philosophy[Logic.]to transpose the subject and predicate of (a proposition) by conversion.
Computing[Computers.]to subject to conversion.
- to change the form of (property), as from realty to personalty or vice versa.
- to become converted.
- Sport[Football.]to make a conversion.
- one who has been converted, as to a religion or opinion.
1 . See transform. 2 . proselytize. 16 in Unabridged dictionary . proselyte, neophyte, disciple.
(kon′vûrt), n. [Informal.]
- Latin; see converse2
- 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
- a convertible automobile.
- Businessa convertible bond.
Etymology:by shortening of convertible
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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