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Meaning of CONVERT

Pronunciation:  [n]'kânvurt, [v]kun'vurt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one who has been converted to another religious or political belief
  2. [v]  change in nature, purpose, or function; esp. undergo a chemical change; "The substance converts to an acid"
  3. [v]  change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers"
  4. [v]  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"
  5. [v]  exchange a penalty for a less severe one
  6. [v]  change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy; "We converted from 220 to 110 Volt"
  7. [v]  change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief; "She converted to Buddhism"
  8. [v]  cause to adopt a new or different faith; "The missionaries converted the Indian population"
  9. [v]  make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; "He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product"

CONVERT is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: change over, commute, convince, exchange, win over
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Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
    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
             No attempt was made to convert the Moslems.
    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.
  2. \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.
  3. \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.
    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.
Computing Dictionary

1. String processing language, combined the pattern matching and transformation operations of COMIT with the recursive data structures of Lisp. "Convert", A. Guzman et al, CACM 9(8):604-615 (Aug 1966).

2. Early language to convert programs and data from one language to another. "CONVERT Manual", OLI Systems Inc (Oct 1976).

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