Definition of convert in English:

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Pronunciation: /kənˈvərt/
1 [with object] Cause to change in form, character, or function: production processes that converted raw material into useful forms
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  • Players insert a barcode into the machine which scans it and converts it into a character, who is then put into action in the fight game.
  • To achieve these effects viscous fibres function by converting the small intestine into a storage organ for the slow release of glucose to the portal circulation.
  • On a computer, they usually are written by typing words phonetically in Roman letters, then using special software to convert them to characters.
change, turn, transform, metamorphose, transfigure, transmute
humorous transmogrify
technical permute
1.1 [no object] Change or be able to change from one form to another: the seating converts to a double or two single beds
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  • In the body, it converts to testosterone, which women need to have a sex drive.
  • It is the first international airline to offer a seat that converts to a fully flat bed at the touch of a button.
  • What that converts to in this country is around 2,000 who are coping with arthritis.
1.2 [no object] Change one’s religious faith or other beliefs: at sixteen he converted to Catholicism
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  • He also served as an island council member and mayor for many years and after he converted to the Apostolic faith, he became a pastor.
  • The former Bristol University student was deeply religious and converted to Roman Catholicism shortly before joining the Army.
  • In high school, he abandoned his parents' Hindu faith and converted to Catholicism.
1.3Persuade (someone) to do this: he was converted in his later years to the socialist cause
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  • How can a denomination prevent its members even from interacting with those of other denominations and, at the same time, also claim the right to convert people of other faiths into its own fold?
  • In the film, Carina talks about those who use their faith to intimidate or convert other people.
  • Julia finds a new lover, Doctor Channard, and converts him to her faith.
proselytize, evangelize, bring to God, redeem, save, reform, re-educate, cause to see the light
1.4Change (money, stocks, or units in which a quantity is expressed) into others of a different kind: the figures have been converted at $0.545 to the Dutch guilder
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  • Since withdrawals from such plans are fully taxed, you might wind up converting tax-free dividends into taxable income.
  • And transaction costs for converting money into other EMU currencies are set to fall, in some cases substantially.
  • Many apparently converted their money hoards or business activities to dollars.
1.5Adapt (a building) to make it suitable for a new purpose: the space can be easily converted into a home office (as adjective converted) they lived in a converted chicken house
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  • Bellway wants to convert the historic mill building into apartments and build other houses and flats making a total of 80 homes on the site.
  • A day nursery in Wimbledon is set to expand after being given permission to convert a listed office building to house more children and its teacher training school.
  • Plans to convert an old factory building into 12 homes hit a setback on Monday amid opposition from residents.
adapt, turn, change, alter, modify, rebuild, reconstruct, redevelop, refashion, redesign, restyle, revamp, renovate, rehabilitate
informal do up, rehab
1.6 Logic Transpose the subject and predicate of (a proposition) according to certain rules to form a new proposition by inference.
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  • The process illustrated above is called reduction where premises and conclusions of a certain argument are converted to a first figure syllogism to conclude that the argument is valid.
  • Logicians have overlooked the fact, that when we convert the proposition All Ys are (some) Xs into All not-Xs are (some) not-Ys there is a relation between the two (somes), understood in the predicates.
2 [with object] Score from (a penalty kick, pass, or other opportunity) in a sport or game.
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  • Rea kept on converting those chances to scores.
  • The Texans failed twice to force a fourth down in the drive, as Harrington converted both third-and-long opportunities with first down passes.
  • At that time the West Midland side were developing the pattern that has seen them improve dramatically but were still poor at converting their chances.
2.1 [no object] American Football Score an extra point or points after having scored a touchdown by kicking a goal (one point) or running another play into the end zone (two points).
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  • He kicked 42 and 37-yard field goals and converted all four touchdowns.
  • After blocking a punt which they converted into an easy touchdown, the Texans drew the score to 10-7 and had momentum on their side.
  • The team converted the extra point attempt and had a 7-0 lead at the half.
2.2 [no object] American Football Advance the ball far enough during a down to earn a first down: the Oilers converted on over half of their third downs
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  • In some respects, teams are almost penalized for converting first downs in the two-minute drill because it just takes that much longer to get the next play off.
  • That resulted in problems converting third downs and sustaining long drives.
  • Kevin Lockett is sure-handed and can convert third downs.


Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌvərt/
A person who has been persuaded to change their religious faith or other beliefs: he is a recent convert to the church
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  • Like many financial advisers, he has a strong entrepreneurial streak and pursues his ideas with the eye-popping zeal of a convert to a new religion.
  • A girl of my age declaring herself a convert to any religion is sure to raise eyebrows.
  • Steve's a really interesting guy and a convert to the Faith to boot!
proselyte, neophyte, new believer;
Christianity  catechumen


convert something to one's own use

Law Wrongfully make use of another’s property.
Example sentences
  • If I were to take something of value from you - without your express permission - and convert it to my own use for my own profit, would that count as stealing?
  • Any person so doing shall be presumed to have the intent to convert it to his own use.
  • Conversion is sort of like embezzlement: You have the rights to manage something, and you convert it to your own use.


Middle English (in the sense 'turn around, send in a different direction'): from Old French convertir, based on Latin convertere 'turn around', from con- 'altogether' + vertere 'turn'.

  • verse from Old English:

    In his poem ‘Digging’ (1966), Seamus Heaney resolves to carry on the family tradition of digging the soil by ‘digging’ himself, not with a spade like his father and grandfather, but with a pen. The link between agriculture and writing poetry goes all the way back to the origin of the word verse, as Latin versus meant both ‘a turn of the plough, furrow’ and ‘a line of writing’. The idea here is that of a plough turning and marking another straight line or furrow. Versus is also the source of versatile (early 17th century) and version (Late Middle English), and it is based on Latin vertere ‘to turn’, from which vertebra (early 17th century), vertical (mid 16th century), vertigo (Late Middle English), and many other words such as adverse (Late Middle English), convert (Late Middle English), and pervert (Late Middle English) ‘turn bad’. Vortex (mid 17th century) is closely related. Versed (early 17th century), as in well versed in, is different, coming from Latin versari ‘be engaged in’.

Words that rhyme with convert

advert, alert, animadvert, assert, avert, Bert, blurt, Burt, cert, chert, concert, controvert, curt, desert, dessert, dirt, divert, exert, flirt, girt, hurt, inert, insert, introvert, Kurt, malapert, overt, pert, quirt, shirt, skirt, spirt, spurt, squirt, Sturt, subvert, vert, wort, yurt

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Syllabification: con·vert

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