What does convert mean?

Definitions for convert
kənˈvɜrt; ˈkɒn vɜrtcon·vert

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word convert.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. convert(verb)

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

  2. convert, change over(verb)

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

    "We converted from 220 to 110 Volt"

  3. convert(verb)

    change the nature, purpose, or function of something

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

  4. convert(verb)

    change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief

    "She converted to Buddhism"

  5. change, exchange, commute, convert(verb)

    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. convert(verb)

    cause to adopt a new or different faith

    "The missionaries converted the Indian population"

  7. convert(verb)

    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. convert(verb)

    complete successfully

    "score a penalty shot or free throw"

  9. convert(verb)

    score (a spare)

  10. convert, win over, convince(verb)

    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, exchange(verb)

    exchange a penalty for a less severe one

  12. convert(verb)

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

    "The substance converts to an acid"


  1. convert(Noun)

    A person who has converted his or her religion.

    They were all converts to Islam.

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  2. convert(Noun)

    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!

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  3. convert(Verb)

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

    A kettle converts water into steam.

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  4. convert(Verb)

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

    He converted his garden into a tennis court.

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  5. convert(Verb)

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

    They converted her to Roman Catholicism on her deathbed.

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  6. convert(Verb)

    To exchange for something of equal value.

    We converted our pounds into euros.

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  7. convert(Verb)

    To express (a quantity) in alternative units.

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  8. convert(Verb)

    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?

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  9. convert(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  10. convert(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  11. convert(Verb)

    To score (a penalty)

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  12. convert(Verb)

    To score a spare.

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  13. convert(Verb)

    To undergo a conversion of religion, faith or belief.

    We've converted to Methodism.

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

  14. convert(Verb)

    To become converted.

    The chair converts into a bed.

    Etymology: From convertir, from converto

Webster Dictionary

  1. Convert(verb)

    to cause to turn; to turn

  2. Convert(verb)

    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. Convert(verb)

    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. Convert(verb)

    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. Convert(verb)

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

  6. Convert(verb)

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

  7. Convert(verb)

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

  8. Convert(verb)

    to turn into another language; to translate

  9. Convert(verb)

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

  10. Convert(noun)

    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. Convert(noun)

    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.]

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    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. New Zealand:

    We will ban all high-capacity magazines. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semiautomatic, or any other type of firearm, into a military-style semi-automatic weapon, in short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country.

  2. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    The only thing we have to fear is fear itself--nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

  3. Edward Lampert:

    Let me be the first one to acknowledge we are on the right path but we haven't gotten over the hump. We need to convert our vision into reality.

  4. Al Baker:

    We will switch to the MAX if we cannot resolve our issue. We will go to current option 737s and convert it to MAX.

  5. Puma Energy:

    The company will acquire the assets and convert the site into a state-of-the-art storage facility, (Puma) will make Milford Haven a key site securing the supply of energy to the UK and wider region.

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  • обръщам, обръщам се, превръщам се, превръщамBulgarian
  • convertirCatalan, Valencian
  • převéstCzech
  • konvertieren, umwandeln, KonvertitGerman
  • μετατρέπω, προσηλυτίζω, νεοφώτιστος, προσήλυτοςGreek
  • konvertiEsperanto
  • convertir, conversoSpanish
  • bihurtu, bilakatuBasque
  • kääntyä, muuntaa, muuttaa, muuntua, vaihtaa, kääntää, käännyttää, muuttua, käännynnäinenFinnish
  • convertir, reconvertiFrench
  • iompaitheachIrish
  • iompaichScottish Gaelic
  • החליף, המיר, מומרת, מומרHebrew
  • áttérít, megtérítHungarian
  • convertireItalian
  • 変換Japanese
  • ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸಿKannada
  • convertereLatin
  • takahuriMāori
  • bekerenDutch
  • przechrzta, konwertytaPolish
  • اړول, بدلولPashto, Pushto
  • comutar, transformar, converter, transmudar, mudar, convertido, conversoPortuguese
  • convertitRomanian
  • обраща́ть, конверти́ровать, превраща́ть, переводи́ть, превраща́ться, преврати́ть, обрати́ть, преврати́ться, трансформи́ровать, преобразо́вывать, преобразова́ть, перевести́, новообращённый, неофи́тRussian
  • konvertera, omvända, konvertitSwedish
  • แปลงThai
  • dönüştürmek, değiştirmek, çevirmekTurkish

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