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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONVERT, v.t. [L., to turn; coinciding in elements and signification with barter.]
1. To change or turn into another substance or form; as, to convert gases into water, or water into ice.
2. To change from one state to another; as, to convert a barren waste into a fruitful field; to convert a wilderness into a garden; to convert rude savages into civilized men.
3. To change or turn from one religion to another, or from one party or sect to another; as, to convert pagans to Christianity; to convert royalists into republicans.
4. To turn from a bad life to a good one; to change the heart and moral character, from enmity to God and from vicious habits, to love of God and to a holy life.
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. Acts 3.
He that converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death. James 5.
5. To turn toward a point.
Crystal will callify into electricity, and convert the needle freely placed. [Unusual.]
6. To turn from one use or destination to another; as, to convert liberty into an engine of oppression.
7. To appropriate or apply to ones own use, or to personal benefit; as, to convert public property to our own use.
8. To change one proposition into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second; as, all sin is a transgression of the law; but every transgression of the law is sin.
9. To turn into another language.
CONVERT, v.i. To turn or be changed; to undergo a change.
The love of wicked friends converts to fear; that fear, to hate.
1. A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who renounces one creed, religious system or party, and embraces another; applied particularly to those who change their religious opinions, but applicable to political and philosophical sects.
2. In a more strict sense, one who is turned from sin to holiness.
Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. Isaiah 1.
3. In monasteries, a lay-friar or brother, admitted to the service of the house, without orders, and not allowed to sing in the choir.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief v
1: change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy; "We converted from 220 to 110 Volt" [syn: convert, change over]
2: change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers"
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, convert]
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 end zone; "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: convert, win over, convince]
10: exchange a penalty for a less severe one [syn: commute, convert, exchange]
11: change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change; "The substance converts to an acid"

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French convertir, from Latin convertere to turn around, transform, convert, from com- + vertere to turn more at worth Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to bring over from one belief, view, or party to another b. to bring about a religious conversion in 2. a. to alter the physical or chemical nature or properties of especially in manufacturing b. (1) to change from one form or function to another (2) to alter for more effective utilization (3) to appropriate without right c. to exchange for an equivalent <convert foreign currency into dollars> <convert a bond> 3. obsolete turn 4. to subject to logical conversion 5. a. to make a goal after receiving (a pass) from a teammate b. to score on (as a try for point or free throw) c. to make (a spare) in bowling intransitive verb 1. to undergo conversion 2. to succeed in an attempt for a point, field goal, or free throw Synonyms: see transform II. noun Date: 1561 one that is converted

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v. 1 tr. (usu. foll. by into) change in form, character, or function. 2 tr. cause (a person) to change beliefs, opinion, party, etc. 3 tr. change (moneys, stocks, units in which a quantity is expressed, etc.) into others of a different kind. 4 tr. make structural alterations in (a building) to serve a new purpose. 5 tr. (also absol.) a Rugby Football score extra points from (a try) by a successful kick at goal. b Amer. Football complete (a touchdown) by kicking a goal or crossing the goal-line. 6 intr. be converted or convertible (the sofa converts into a bed). 7 tr. Logic interchange the terms of (a proposition). --n. (often foll. by to) a person who has been converted to a different belief, opinion, etc. Phrases and idioms: convert to one's own use wrongfully make use of (another's property). Etymology: ME f. OF convertir ult. f. L convertere convers- turn about (as COM-, vertere turn)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Convert Con*vert", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Converted; p. pr. & vb. n. Converting.] [L. convertere, -versum; con- + vertere to turn: cf. F. convertir. See Verse.] 1. To cause to turn; to turn. [Obs.] O, which way shall I first convert myself? --B. Jonson. 2. 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. If the whole atmosphere were converted into water. --T. Burnet. That still lessens The sorrow, and converts it nigh to joy. --Milton. 3. 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. No attempt was made to convert the Moslems. --Prescott. 4. 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. He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death. --Lames v. 20. 5. To apply to any use by a diversion from the proper or intended use; to appropriate dishonestly or illegally. When a bystander took a coin to get it changed, and converted it, [it was] held no larceny. --Cooley. 6. To exchange for some specified equivalent; as, to convert goods into money. 7. (Logic) To change (one proposition) into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second. 8. To turn into another language; to translate. [Obs.] Which story . . . Catullus more elegantly converted. --B. Jonson. Converted guns, cast-iron guns lined with wrought-iron or steel tubes. --Farrow. Converting furnace (Steel Manuf.), a furnace in which wrought iron is converted into steel by cementation. Syn: To change; turn; transmute; appropriate.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Convert Con*vert", v. i. To be turned or changed in character or direction; to undergo a change, physically or morally. If Nebo had had the preaching that thou hast, they [the Neboites] would have converted. --Latimer. A red dust which converth into worms. --Sandys. The public hope And eye to thee converting. --Thomson.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Convert Con"vert, n. 1. 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. The Jesuits did not persuade the converts to lay aside the use of images. --Bp. Stillingfleet. 2. 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. Syn: Proselyte; neophyte. Usage: Convert, Proselyte, Pervert. A convert is one who turns from what he believes to have been a decided error of faith or practice. Such a change may relate to religion, politics, or other subjects. properly considered, it is not confined to speculation alone, but affects the whole current of one's feelings and the tenor of his actions. As such a change carries with it the appearance of sincerity, the term convert is usually taken in a good sense. Proselyte is a term of more ambiguous use and application. It was first applied to an adherent of one religious system who had transferred himself externally to some other religious system; and is also applied to one who makes a similar transfer in respect to systems of philosophy or speculation. The term has little or no reference to the state of the heart. Pervert is a term of recent origin, designed to express the contrary of convert, and to stigmatize a person as drawn off perverted from the true faith. It has been more particulary applied by members of the Church of England to those who have joined the Roman Catholic Church.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(converted) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. If one thing is converted or converts into another, it is changed into a different form. The signal will be converted into digital code. ...naturally occurring substances which the body can convert into vitamins. ...a table that converts into an ironing board. VERB: be V-ed into/to n, V n into/to n, V into/to n 2. If someone converts a room or building, they alter it in order to use it for a different purpose. By converting the loft, they were able to have two extra bedrooms. ...the entrepreneur who wants to convert County Hall into an hotel... He is living in a converted barn. VERB: V n, V n into n, V-ed 3. If you convert a vehicle or piece of equipment, you change it so that it can use a different fuel. Save money by converting your car to unleaded... The programme to convert every gas burner in Britain took 10 years. VERB: V n to/into n, V n 4. If you convert a quantity from one system of measurement to another, you calculate what the quantity is in the second system. Converting metric measurements to U.S. equivalents is easy. VERB: V n prep, also V n 5. If someone converts you, they persuade you to change your religious or political beliefs. You can also say that someone converts to a different religion. If you try to convert him, you could find he just walks away... He was a major influence in converting Godwin to political radicalism... He converted to Catholicism in 1917. VERB: V n, V n to n, V to n 6. A convert is someone who has changed their religious or political beliefs. She, too, was a convert to Roman Catholicism. ...a Muslim convert now known as Yusuf Islam. N-COUNT: oft N to n 7. If someone converts you to something, they make you very enthusiastic about it. He quickly converted me to the joys of cross-country skiing. VERB: V n to n, also V n 8. If you describe someone as a convert to something, you mean that they have recently become very enthusiastic about it. ...recent converts to vegetarianism. N-COUNT: usu N to n 9. to preach to the converted: see preach

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

v. a. 1. Transmute, transform, change. 2. Change the heart of, regenerate, create anew, re-create, renew. 3. Interchange, transpose, reverse, turn about. 4. Appropriate, apply.

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