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Dictionary Definition

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


1 change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers"
2 change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy; "We converted from 220 to 110 Volt" [syn: change over]
3 change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief; "She converted to Buddhism"
4 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" [syn: change, exchange, commute]
5 cause to adopt a new or different faith; "The missionaries converted the Indian population"
6 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"
7 complete successfully; "score a penalty shot or free throw"
8 score (a spare)
9 make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; "He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product" [syn: win over, convince]
10 exchange a penalty for a less severe one [syn: commute, exchange]
11 change in nature, purpose, or function; especially undergo a chemical change; "The substance converts to an acid"

User Contributed Dictionary



From etyl fro convertir, from etyl la converto


  • a noun
    • (RP): /ˈkɒnvɜːt/, /"kQnv3:t/
    • (US): kŏn'vûrt, /ˈkɑnvɝt/, /"kAnv3`t/
  • a verb
    • (RP): /kənˈvɜːt/, /k@n"v3:t/
    • (US): kənvûrt', /kənˈvɝt/, /k@n"v3`t/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)t


  1. A person who has converted his or her religion.
    They were all converts to Islam.
  2. 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!


person who has converted religion
person in favour of something they previously opposed or disliked


  1. To transform or change (something) into another form, substance, state, or product.
    A kettle converts water into steam.
  2. To change (something) from one use, function, or purpose to another
    He converted his garden into a tennis court.
  3. To induce (someone) to adopt a particular religion, faith, or belief
    They converted her to Roman Catholicism on her deathbed.
  4. To exchange for something of equal value.
    We converted our pounds into euros.
  5. To express (a quantity) in alternative units.
    How do you convert feet into metres?
  6. intransitive rugby football To score a conversion.
  7. To score a spare.
  8. To undergo a conversion of religion, faith or belief.
    We’ve converted to Methodism.
  9. To become converted.
    The chair converts into a bed.


Derived terms


transform (something) into another form, substance, state, or product
change (something) from one use, function, or purpose to another
induce (someone) to adopt a particular religion, faith, or belief
exchange for (something) of equal value
express (a quantity) in alternative units
in rugby football
in ten-pin bowling
undergo a conversion of religion, faith or belief
become converted

Extensive Definition

In general, conversion is the transformation of one thing into another. Articles on particular kinds of conversion are:



  • Extra point and two-point conversion, in American football, an opportunity to score one or two points following a touchdown
  • Conversion, in Rugby football, a kick at goal to convert the try from one set of points into another larger set of points

Science & technology



See also

  • Wikipedia
convert in Czech: Konverze
convert in German: Konversion
convert in French: Conversion
convert in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Conversion (disambiguation)
convert in Dutch: Conversie
convert in Polish: Konwersja
convert in Portuguese: Conversão
convert in Russian: Конверсия (значения)
convert in Simple English: Conversion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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