convert

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[Con*vert·]

Think of the word convert as meaning "change," whether it is a person who adopts a new belief, or a changing action, such as when you convert dollars into euros.

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To cause to turn; to turn.

Noun
a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief

Verb
change in nature, purpose, or function; especially undergo a chemical change; "The substance converts to an acid"

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change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers"

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exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"; "He changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches"; "convert holdings into shares"

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exchange a penalty for a less severe one

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Verb
change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy; "We converted from 220 to 110 Volt"

Verb
change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief; "She converted to Buddhism"

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cause to adopt a new or different faith; "The missionaries converted the Indian population"

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make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; "He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product"

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score (a spare)

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complete successfully; "score a penalty shot or free throw"

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score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the endzone; "Smith converted and his team won"


v. t.
To cause to turn; to turn.

v. t.
To change or turn from one state or condition to another; to alter in form, substance, or quality; to transform; to transmute; as, to convert water into ice.

v. t.
To change or turn from one belief or course to another, as from one religion to another or from one party or sect to another.

v. t.
To produce the spiritual change called conversion in (any one); to turn from a bad life to a good one; to change the heart and moral character of (any one) from the controlling power of sin to that of holiness.

v. t.
To apply to any use by a diversion from the proper or intended use; to appropriate dishonestly or illegally.

v. t.
To exchange for some specified equivalent; as, to convert goods into money.

v. t.
To change (one proposition) into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second.

v. t.
To turn into another language; to translate.

v. i.
To be turned or changed in character or direction; to undergo a change, physically or morally.

n.
A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who is won over to, or heartily embraces, a creed, religious system, or party, in which he has not previously believed; especially, one who turns from the controlling power of sin to that of holiness, or from unbelief to Christianity.

n.
A lay friar or brother, permitted to enter a monastery for the service of the house, but without orders, and not allowed to sing in the choir.


Convert

Con*vert" , v. t. [imp. & p.p. Converted; p.pr. & vb.n. Converting.] [L. convertere, -versum; con- + vertere to turn: cf. F. convertir. See Verse.] 1. To cause to turn; to turn. [Obs.]
O, which way shall I first convert myself?
2. To change or turn from one state or condition to another; to alter in form, substance, or quality; to transform; to transmute; as, to convert water into ice.
If the whole atmosphere were converted into water.
That still lessens The sorrow, and converts it nigh to joy.
3. To change or turn from one belief or course to another, as from one religion to another or from one party or sect to another.
No attempt was made to convert the Moslems.
4. To produce the spiritual change called conversion in (any one); to turn from a bad life to a good one; to change the heart and moral character of (any one) from the controlling power of sin to that of holiness.
He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death.
5. To apply to any use by a diversion from the proper or intended use; to appropriate dishonestly or illegally.
When a bystander took a coin to get it changed, and converted it, [it was] held no larceny.
6. To exchange for some specified equivalent; as, to convert goods into money. 7. (Logic) To change (one proposition) into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second. 8. To turn into another language; to translate. [Obs.]
Which story . . . Catullus more elegantly converted.
Converted guns, cast-iron guns lined with wrought-iron or steel tubes. Farrow. -- Converting furnace (Steel Manuf.), a furnace in which wrought iron is converted into steel by cementation. Syn. -- To change; turn; transmute; appropriate.

Convert

Con*vert", v. i. To be turned or changed in character or direction; to undergo a change, physically or morally.
If Nebo had had the preaching that thou hast, they [the Neboites] would have converted.
A red dust which converth into worms.
The public hope And eye to thee converting.

Convert

Con"vert , n. 1. A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who is won over to, or heartily embraces, a creed, religious system, or party, in which he has not previously believed; especially, one who turns from the controlling power of sin to that of holiness, or from unbelief to Christianity.
The Jesuits did not persuade the converts to lay aside the use of images.
2. A lay friar or brother, permitted to enter a monastery for the service of the house, but without orders, and not allowed to sing in the choir. Syn. -- Proselyte; neophyte. -- Convert, Proselyte, Pervert. A convert is one who turns from what he believes to have been a decided error of faith or practice. Such a change may relate to religion, politics, or other subjects. properly considered, it is not confined to speculation alone, but affects the whole current of one's feelings and the tenor of his actions. As such a change carries with it the appearance of sincerity, the term convert is usually taken in a good sense. Proselyte is a term of more ambiguous use and application. It was first applied to an adherent of one religious system who had transferred himself externally to some other religious system; and is also applied to one who makes a similar transfer in respect to systems of philosophy or speculation. The term has little or no reference to the state of the heart. Pervert is a term of recent origin, designed to express the contrary of convert, and to stigmatize a person as drawn off perverted from the true faith. It has been more particulary applied by members of the Church of England to those who have joined the Roman Catholic Church.

To cause to turn; to turn.

To be turned or changed in character or direction; to undergo a change, physically or morally.

A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who is won over to, or heartily embraces, a creed, religious system, or party, in which he has not previously believed; especially, one who turns from the controlling power of sin to that of holiness, or from unbelief to Christianity.

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Usage Examples

Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.

So every creative act strives to attain an absolute status it longs to create a world of beauty to triumph over chaos and convert it to order.

Of all our dreams today there is none more important - or so hard to realise - than that of peace in the world. May we never lose our faith in it or our resolve to do everything that can be done to convert it one day into reality.

It is no longer a question of a Christian going about to convert others to the faith, but of each one being ready to listen to the other and so to grow together in mutual understanding.

Scientists will eventually stop flailing around with solar power and focus their efforts on harnessing the only truly unlimited source of energy on the planet: stupidity. I predict that in the future, scientists will learn how to convert stupidity into clean fuel.

We're not trying to harass the average American. We need to convert this now to a risk-based system, with TSA concentrating and focusing on intelligence, on security, setting up again the parameters of which we do this.

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Other Usage Examples

The chief function of the city is to convert power into form, energy into culture, dead matter into the living symbols of art, biological reproduction into social creativity.

If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.

Haven't two hundred years of failed missionary work overseas taught anybody anything? You can't convert people to anything - whether religion, or something as inane as our flicks.

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success.

I think any new technology that helps connect and create social cohesion is great. But at the end of the day, you and I are analog creatures. We have to take 'oohs and aahs' and convert them to 0s and 1s and then convert them back to 'oohs and aahs.' Narratives that work in social networks are the exchange of stories that are told well.

We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity. We weren't punctilious about locating and punishing only Hitler and his top officers. We carpet-bombed German cities we killed civilians. That's war. And this is war.

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