convert

convert
con|vert1 W3 [kənˈvə:t US -ˈvə:rt] v
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: convertir, from Latin convertere 'to turn around, convert', from com- ( COM-) + vertere 'to turn']
1.)
a) [T]
to change something into a different form of thing, or to change something so that it can be used for a different purpose or in a different way
convert sth to/into sth
They converted the spare bedroom into an office.
The stocks can be easily converted to cash.
a 19th century converted barn (=barn changed into a house)
b)
to change into a different form of thing, or change into something that can be used for a different purpose or in a different way
convert to/into
a sofa that converts into a bed
In the process, the light energy converts to heat energy.
2.)
a) [T]
to persuade someone to change to a different religion
convert sb to sth
European missionaries converted thousands to Christianity.
b) [I]
to change to a different religion
convert to
She converted to Catholicism.
3.)
a) [I]
to change to a different set of ideas, principles, or ways of doing something
convert to
people who have recently converted to vegetarianism
b) [T]
to persuade someone to change to a different set of ideas, principles, or ways of doing something
convert sb to sth
She succeeded in converting me to her point of view.
newly/freshly converted
newly converted feminists
4.) [I and T]
to make a conversion in ↑rugby or ↑American football
preach to the converted [i]atpreach
convert 2
con|vert2 [ˈkɔnvə:t US ˈka:nvə:rt] n
someone who has been persuaded to change their beliefs and accept a particular religion or opinion
convert to
a convert to Christianity
recent converts to the cause

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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