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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.
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 a company of preachers, 15th century—Lipton, 1970.
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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.
But it was Wanyore, who surged forward and opened the scoring with a massive try in the eighth minute through Munate Akwei which was converted by Geoffrey Ominde.But the lead was cancelled by the Oilers in the 11th minute when Moses Arara weaved his way through a forest of Nakuru defenders to bury a try between the wood work with Eman Okwaro converting.
Rhys Lawrence then went over for the visitors with Jacob Botica converting, but the joy was shortlived as Fish was given too much time and space to go over in the corner.
Spartanics, a global manufacturer and expert in the development of operator-friendly, high speed, full featured, digital laser converting systems, will introduce the Laser Lite Digital Laser Converting System during Labelexpo Americas.
During the event titled "The Quran speaks to you", two recent converts discussed their journeys, reasons for converting to Islam, and offered advice to individuals who were considering converting.
Iranians converting to Christianity are reportedly fleeing to Turkey in large numbers, according to a report from Rudaw, the main news service in Iraqi Kurdistan.
He said he saw nothing wrong with Christians or Catholics converting to Islam but the military was keeping a close watch on radicals among them.
With Coventry continuing to dominate, winger Rob Knox strode in for try number three, Fenner again converting as well as adding a penalty for 24-0 at half time.
Rishworthians started to lose their grip and Moortown took the lead with a try, Frazier converting, before being awarded a penalty try for an obstruction which Frazier converted and then added a penalty for a 37-24 lead.