convert[kən vʉrt′; for n. kän′vʉrt′]
- The definition of a convert is a person who has come around to a new way of thinking or who has been persuaded to change his religion or beliefs.
An example of a convert is a person who joins a cult and abandons his old religious beliefs.
- To convert is to change, to cause someone or something to change, or to alter your beliefs.
- An example of convert is when you buy a single family house and break it up into apartments.
- An example of convert is when you convince someone to change from Catholic to Protestant.
- An example of convert is when you exchange dollars into Euros.
- An example of convert is when you change your religion from Catholic to Protestant.
- to change from one form or use to another; transform: convert grain into flour
- to cause to change as from one religion, doctrine, or course to another
- to exchange for something equal in value
- to exchange (preferred stock, bonds, etc.) for another kind or class of security, esp. common stock
- to exchange (a currency) for an equivalent amount of another currency or precious metal
- Football, Rugby to make (the extra point or points of a conversion) after a touchdown or try
- to appropriate or use (another's property) by conversion (sense )
- to change (property) from real to personal, or the reverse
- Logic to change (a proposition) by conversion
Origin of convertMiddle English converten ; from Old French convertir ; from Classical Latin convertere ; from com-, together + vertere, to turn: see verse
- to be converted
- ☆ Bowling to knock down all of the standing pins on the second bowl, scoring a spare
- ☆ Football, Rugby to make a conversion
verbcon·vert·ed, con·vert·ing, con·verts
- To change (something) into another form, substance, state, or product; transform: convert water into ice.
- To change (something) from one use, function, or purpose to another; adapt to a new or different purpose: convert a forest into farmland.
- To persuade or induce to adopt a particular religion, faith, or belief: convert pagans to Christianity; was converted to pacifism by the war.
- To exchange for something of equal value: convert assets into cash.
- To express (a quantity) in alternative units: converting feet into meters.
- Logic To transform (a proposition) by conversion.
- Law To appropriate (another's property) without right to one's own use.
- Sports a. To complete (a conversion, penalty shot, or free throw) successfully.b. To score (a spare) in bowling.
- To undergo a conversion: We converted to Islam several years ago.
- To be converted: a sofa that converts into a bed; arms factories converting to peacetime production.
- a. Football To make a conversion.b. Sports To shoot and score a goal, especially immediately after receiving a pass or gaining control of a rebound.
Origin of convertMiddle English converten, from Old French convertir, from Latin convertere, to turn around : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
See also religion.neophytism 1. the condition of a new convert to a religious belief. 2. the condition of a newly baptized convert to the early Christian church. —neophyte, n. —neophytic, adj. proselytism 1. the act of becoming or the condition of being a convert to an opinion, political party, or religious group. 2. an active policy of inviting or persuading converts, especially to a religious position. —proselyte, n. —proselyter, proselytist, n. —proselytize, v. —proselytistic, adj.
- A person who has converted to his or her religion.
- They were all converts to Islam.
- A person who is now in favour of something that he or she previously opposed or disliked.
- I never really liked broccoli before, but now that I've tasted it the way you cook it, I'm a convert!
(third-person singular simple present converts, present participle converting, simple past and past participle converted)
- To transform or change (something) into another form, substance, state, or product.
- A kettle converts water into steam.
- To change (something) from one use, function, or purpose to another.
- He converted his garden into a tennis court.
- To induce (someone) to adopt a particular religion, faith, ideology or belief.
- They converted her to Roman Catholicism on her deathbed.
- To exchange for something of equal value.
- We converted our pounds into euros.
- To express (a quantity) in alternative units.
- To express (a unit of measure) in terms of another; to furnish a mathematical formula by which a quantity, expressed in the former unit, may be given in the latter.
- How do you convert feet into metres?
- (law) To appropriate wrongfully or unlawfully; to commit the common law tort of conversion.
- (intransitive, rugby football) To score extra points after (a try) by completing a conversion.
- (soccer) To score (a penalty).
- (intransitive, ten-pin bowling) To score a spare.
- (intransitive) To undergo a conversion of religion, faith or belief.
- We’ve converted to Methodism.
- (intransitive) To become converted.
- The chair converts into a bed.
- (logic) To change (one proposition) into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second.
From Old French convertir, from Latin converto (“turn around”)