conversion

Something that is transformed from one state or form to another has had a conversion. The twentieth century saw the conversion from outhouses to indoor plumbing. You may oversee the conversion of your attic into an extra bedroom.

The noun conversion can be used to describe some very specific transformations. If you exchange euros for dollars, you have made a monetary conversion. If your Canadian friend tells you, "It was warm today! It got up to 28!" and you figure out that 28 degrees in Celsius is the same as 82 degrees in Fahrenheit, then you have made a mathematical conversion. If you change your religion, you've had a religious conversion.

Definitions of conversion
  1. noun
    the act of changing from one use or function or purpose to another
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    afforestation
    the conversion of bare or cultivated land into forest (originally for the purpose of hunting)
    dressing
    processes in the conversion of rough hides into leather
    transmutation, transubstantiation
    an act that changes the form or character or substance of something
    type of:
    change
    the action of changing something
  2. noun
    a change in the units or form of an expression: "conversion from Fahrenheit to Centigrade"
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    data conversion
    conversion from one way of encoding data to another way
    digitisation, digitization
    conversion of analog information into digital information
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    calculation, computation, figuring, reckoning
    problem solving that involves numbers or quantities
  3. noun
    act of exchanging one type of money or security for another
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    unitisation, unitization
    conversion of an investment trust into a unit investment trust
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    exchange, interchange
    reciprocal transfer of equivalent sums of money (especially the currencies of different countries)
  4. noun
    an event that results in a transformation
    synonyms: changeover, transition
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    glycogenesis
    the conversion of glucose to glycogen when the glucose in the blood exceeds the demand
    isomerisation, isomerization
    the conversion of a compound into an isomer of itself
    rectification
    the conversion of alternating current to direct current
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    shift, transformation, transmutation
    a qualitative change
  5. noun
    a change of religion
    “his conversion to the Catholic faith”
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    types:
    Christianisation, Christianization
    conversion to Christianity
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    alteration, change, modification
    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  6. noun
    a spiritual enlightenment causing a person to lead a new life
    synonyms: rebirth, spiritual rebirth
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    proselytism
    the state of being a proselyte; spiritual rebirth resulting from the zeal of crusading advocacy of the gospel
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    redemption, salvation
    (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
  7. noun
    (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis
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    defence, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction
    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
  8. noun
    a successful free throw or try for point after a touchdown
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    extra point, point after, point after touchdown
    in American football a point awarded for a successful place kick following a touchdown
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    score
    the act of scoring in a game or sport
  9. noun
    interchange of subject and predicate of a proposition
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    rhetorical device
    a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
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