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v. con·vert·ed, con·vert·ing, con·verts
1. To change (something) into another form, substance, state, or product; transform: convert water into ice.
2. To change (something) from one use, function, or purpose to another; adapt to a new or different purpose: convert a forest into farmland.
3. To persuade or induce to adopt a particular religion, faith, or belief: convert pagans to Christianity; was converted to pacifism by the war.
4. To exchange for something of equal value: convert assets into cash.
5. To express (a quantity) in alternative units: converting feet into meters.
6. Logic To transform (a proposition) by conversion.
7. Law To appropriate (another's property) without right to one's own use.
8. Sports
a. To complete (a conversion, penalty shot, or free throw) successfully.
b. To score (a spare) in bowling.
1. To undergo a conversion: We converted to Islam several years ago.
2. To be converted: a sofa that converts into a bed; arms factories converting to peacetime production.
a. Football To make a conversion.
b. Sports To shoot and score a goal, especially immediately after receiving a pass or gaining control of a rebound.
n. (kŏn′vûrt′)
One who has been converted, especially from one religion or belief to another.

[Middle English converten, from Old French convertir, from Latin convertere, to turn around : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: convert, metamorphose, transfigure, transform, transmogrify, transmute
These verbs mean to change into a different form, substance, or state: convert stocks into cash; misery that was metamorphosed into happiness; a gangling adolescent who was transfigured into a handsome adult; transformed the bare stage into an enchanted forest; a boom that transmogrified the sleepy town into a bustling city; transmute one's experiences into fiction.


 a company of preachers, 15th century—Lipton, 1970.
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes, it is true," answered Grandfather, "the magistrates and ministers would talk about civilizing and converting the red people.
His activity in revivals was great, and he proved himself an instrument in the hands of the church in converting many souls.
Distinction of sides is intended by Nature to imply distinction of colours" -- such was the sophism which in those days flew from mouth to mouth, converting whole towns at a time to the new culture.
What may have come as unexpected news to many spectators of the deal is that Levy's firm, YL Realty, has announced that instead of converting the two assets to condominiums, it will continue to operate them as rental properties.
The problem was that converting to nobake molding required all of the existing green sand patterns to be reengineered.
A reorganization of Proctor & Gamble's (10) business segments made it even harder to calculate a figure that sensibly reflects true pulp, paper and converting sales, since several major brands moved to different divisions.
Converting a building from its previous use to a new use takes vision.
of Fulton, NY, has completed the sale of the assets of its Black Clawson Converting Machinery division to a new company formed by the management team of Black Clawson Converting Machinery and investment partners, Hamilton Robinson LLC.
Web Converting, the recognized leader in contract converting nationwide, has five plants across the country and years of experience in custom converting with precision, high-quality and customized service.
Do those who now laud him as the patron saint of homosexuals know about his claim that he was prevented from converting to Catholicism as a youth, or that he was received into the Church on November 29, 1900, the day before he died?
Assume the same facts as in the initial example, except that the partners are considering converting the partnership into a limited liability company (LLC).
If the individual will be in a low tax bracket at retirement or must use IRA money to pay the taxes on the conversion, he or she should think twice before converting to a Roth.