What does convert mean?

Definitions for convert
kənˈvɜrt; ˈkɒn vɜrtcon·vert

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. convertverb

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

  2. convert, change oververb

    change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy

    "We converted from 220 to 110 Volt"

  3. convertverb

    change the nature, purpose, or function of something

    "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers"

  4. convertverb

    change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief

    "She converted to Buddhism"

  5. change, exchange, commute, convertverb

    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"

  6. convertverb

    cause to adopt a new or different faith

    "The missionaries converted the Indian population"

  7. convertverb

    score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone

    "Smith converted and his team won"

  8. convertverb

    complete successfully

    "score a penalty shot or free throw"

  9. convertverb

    score (a spare)

  10. convert, win over, convinceverb

    make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something

    "He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product"

  11. commute, convert, exchangeverb

    exchange a penalty for a less severe one

  12. convertverb

    change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change

    "The substance converts to an acid"


  1. convertnoun

    A person who has converted his or her religion.

    They were all converts to Islam.

  2. convertnoun

    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!

  3. convertverb

    To transform or change (something) into another form, substance, state, or product.

    A kettle converts water into steam.

  4. convertverb

    To change (something) from one use, function, or purpose to another.

    He converted his garden into a tennis court.

  5. convertverb

    To induce (someone) to adopt a particular religion, faith, or belief.

    They converted her to Roman Catholicism on her deathbed.

  6. convertverb

    To exchange for something of equal value.

    We converted our pounds into euros.

  7. convertverb

    To express (a quantity) in alternative units.

  8. convertverb

    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?

  9. convertverb

    To appropriate wrongfully or unlawfully; to commit the common law tort of conversion.

  10. convertverb

    To score extra points after (a try) by completing a conversion.

  11. convertverb

    To score (a penalty)

  12. convertverb

    To score a spare.

  13. convertverb

    To undergo a conversion of religion, faith or belief.

    We've converted to Methodism.

  14. convertverb

    To become converted.

    The chair converts into a bed.

  15. Etymology: From convertir, from converto

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Convertnoun

    A person converted from one opinion or one practice to another.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The Jesuits did not persuade the converts to lay aside the use of images. Edward Stillingfleet, Defence of Discourse on Rom. Idol.

    When Platonism prevailed, the converts to Christianity of that school, interpreted Holy Writ according to that philosophy. John Locke.

    Let us not imagine that the first converts only of Christianity were concerned to defend their religion. John Rogers, Sermon ix.

  2. To CONVERTverb

    Etymology: converto, Latin.

    If the whole atmosphere was converted into water, it would make no more than eleven yards water about the earth. Burnet.

    He which converteth the sinner from the errour of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. Ja. v. 20.

    Then will I teach transgressors thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto thee. Ps. li. 13.

    Crystal will calify into electricity, and convert the needle freely placed. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. ii. c. 1.

    The abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee. Is. lx. 5.

    He acquitted himself not like an honest man; for he converted the prizes to his own use. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    The papists cannot abide this proposition converted: all sin is a transgression of the law; but every transgression of the law is sin. The apostle therefore turns it for us: all unrighteousness, says he, is sin; but every transgression of the law is unrighteousness, says Austin, upon the place. Matthew Hale.

  3. To Convertverb

    To undergo a change; to be transmuted.

    The love of wicked friends converts to fear;
    That fear, to hate. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Convertverb

    to cause to turn; to turn

  2. Convertverb

    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

  3. Convertverb

    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

  4. Convertverb

    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

  5. Convertverb

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

  6. Convertverb

    to exchange for some specified equivalent; as, to convert goods into money

  7. Convertverb

    to change (one proposition) into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second

  8. Convertverb

    to turn into another language; to translate

  9. Convertverb

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

  10. Convertnoun

    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

  11. Convertnoun

    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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Convert

    kon-vert′, v.t. to change or turn from one thing, condition, or religion to another: to change from an irreligious to a holy life: to alter one thing into another: to apply to a particular purpose.—n. Con′vert, one converted: one who has become religious, or who has changed his religion.—adj. Con′verse, reversed in order or relation.—n. that which is the opposite of another: a proposition converted or turned about—i.e. one in which the subject and predicate have changed places.—adv. Con′versely.—ns. Conver′sion, change from one thing, state, or religion to another: (theol.) the conscious change of heart impelling the repentant sinner to a new life: appropriation to a special purpose: (logic) act of interchanging the terms of a proposition; Con′vertend, the proposition to be converted; Convert′er, one who converts: a vessel in which materials are changed from one condition to another; Convertibil′ity, Convert′ibleness.—adjs. Convert′ible, Conver′sive (obs.), that may be converted: equivalent.—adv. Convert′ibly.—n. Con′vertite, a convert, a reformed woman. [L. convertĕre, conversumcon, and vertĕre, to turn.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'convert' in Verbs Frequency: #489

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of convert in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of convert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of convert in a Sentence

  1. Jenny Durkan:

    Our city complies with federal immigration law and asks that the Department of Justice and ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] do the same, the federal government does not get to run our cities or convert our local law enforcement officials into immigration cops. I implore this administration to focus on real public safety threats, like the opioid crisis, instead of unnecessarily threatening our residents and mayors across the country.

  2. John Thune:

    I would expect there would be pretty good support for that among, you know, pro-life House Republicans and maybe some pro-life Democrats, i also think that because the Democrats have tried to convert this into a one-sided argument that represents their singular view of the world, which is all House Republicans are for an outright ban.

  3. Krystle Mobayeni:

    Although consumers use the web to find and research restaurants, most restaurants fail to convert their web traffic into paying customers the restaurant industry is leaving billions of dollars on the table.

  4. Director Amarjit Singh Batra:

    The first is to convert users who consume pirated music; they can access music through our free tier which also gives artists the opportunity to earn from their work.

  5. Ian Kaplan:

    Part of why this project has captured the hearts and minds of the people involved is that it feels like a challenge that is resolvable, this is something that everybody has the ability to in a few short steps convert something in their drawer to a connection that will have so much impact.

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  • يتحولArabic
  • обръщам, превръщам, превръщам се, обръщам сеBulgarian
  • convertirCatalan, Valencian
  • převéstCzech
  • konvertieren, Konvertit, umwandelnGerman
  • νεοφώτιστος, μετατρέπω, προσήλυτος, προσηλυτίζωGreek
  • konvertiEsperanto
  • converso, convertirSpanish
  • bilakatu, bihurtuBasque
  • muuttaa, kääntää, käännyttää, vaihtaa, muuttua, kääntyä, muuntaa, käännynnäinen, muuntuaFinnish
  • reconverti, convertirFrench
  • iompaitheachIrish
  • iompaichScottish Gaelic
  • החליף, המיר, מומר, מומרתHebrew
  • megtérít, áttérítHungarian
  • convertireItalian
  • 変換Japanese
  • ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸಿKannada
  • convertereLatin
  • takahuriMāori
  • bekerenDutch
  • przechrzta, konwertytaPolish
  • اړول, بدلولPashto, Pushto
  • converter, transformar, transmudar, convertido, converso, comutar, mudarPortuguese
  • convertitRomanian
  • конверти́ровать, превраща́ть, неофи́т, обраща́ть, переводи́ть, преврати́ть, превраща́ться, новообращённый, обрати́ть, перевести́, преобразова́ть, преврати́ться, трансформи́ровать, преобразо́выватьRussian
  • konvertit, konvertera, omvändaSwedish
  • แปลงThai
  • dönüştürmek, çevirmek, değiştirmekTurkish

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