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.noun
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.verb
- 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: ME converten < OFr convertir < L convertere < 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
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verb con·vert·ed, con·vert·ing, con·verts verb, transitive
- 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 exchange (a security, for example) by substituting an equivalent of another form.
- To express (a quantity) in alternative units: converting feet into meters.
- Logic To transform (a proposition) by conversion.
- Law a. To appropriate (another's property) without right to one's own use.b. To change (property) from real to personal or from joint to separate or vice versa.
- 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: Middle 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.
convert - Ologies & -Isms Definition
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.
convert - Business Definition
- To exchange one security for a different security. For example, the owner of a convertible bond can choose to submit the bond to the issuer for conversion into a specified number of shares of stock.
- To switch life insurance coverage from term insurance to permanent insurance.
- To change a building from rental units to condominiums. Building owners operating under restrictions of rent control find condo conversion particularly appealing.
- See switch 2.