convert

Think of the word convert as meaning "change," whether it is a person who adopts a new belief, or a changing action, such as when you convert dollars into euros.

Many times we can catch a word's meaning by looking at its origins. In this case, the Latin con means "around," while vertere means "turn." So we can figure that convert means to "turn around," an object or one's thoughts on an idea. For example, you might convert a meat eater into a vegetarian or an empty-nester might convert the kids' bedroom into an exercise room.

Definitions of convert
  1. verb
    change the nature, purpose, or function of something
    convert lead into gold”
    convert hotels into jails”
    convert slaves to laborers”
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    caramelise, caramelize
    convert to caramel
    rasterize
    convert (an image) into pixels
    humify
    convert (plant remains) into humus
    verbalise, verbalize
    convert into a verb
    sporulate
    convert into spores
    fictionalise, fictionalize, novelise, novelize
    convert into the form or the style of a novel
    deaden
    convert (metallic mercury) into a grey powder consisting of minute globules, as by shaking with chalk or fatty oil
    opalise, opalize
    replace or convert into opal
    receive
    convert into sounds or pictures
    reconvert
    convert back
    malt
    convert into malt
    malt
    convert grain into malt
    feudalize
    bring (a country or people) under feudalism
    flour
    convert grain into flour
    reclaim
    make useful again; transform from a useless or uncultivated state
    ferment, work
    cause to undergo fermentation
    nitrify
    convert into nitric acid, nitrous acid, or nitrate, especially with the action of nitrobacteria
    fossilise, fossilize
    convert to a fossil
    tan
    treat skins and hides with tannic acid so as to convert them into leather
    dress
    convert into leather
    compost
    convert to compost
    transition
    cause to convert or undergo a transition
    transcribe
    convert the genetic information in (a strand of DNA) into a strand of RNA, especially messenger RNA
    scrap
    make into scrap or refuse
    keratinise, keratinize
    convert into keratin
    diazotize
    convert (an amine) into a diazo compound
    hay
    convert (plant material) into hay
    lignify
    convert into wood or cause to become woody
    mineralize
    transform (a metal) into an ore
    mineralize
    convert into a mineral substance
    ozonise, ozonize
    convert (oxygen) into ozone
    slag
    convert into slag
    sulfate
    convert into a sulfate
    cutinize
    convert into cutin
    duplex
    change into a duplex
    encode
    convert information into code
    vinify
    convert a juice into wine by fermentation
    lapidify, petrify
    change into stone
    bark
    tan (a skin) with bark tannins
    cipher, code, cypher, encipher, encrypt, inscribe, write in code
    convert ordinary language into code
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change
    “The substance converts to an acid”
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    caramelise, caramelize
    be converted into caramel
    malt
    turn into malt, become malt
    immobilise, immobilize
    convert (assets) into fixed capital
    melanise, melanize
    convert into, or infiltrate with melanin
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  3. verb
    change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy
    “We converted from 220 to 110 Volt”
    synonyms: change over
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    transduce
    cause transduction (of energy forms)
    metricate, metricise, metricize, metrify
    convert from a non-metric to the metric system
    decimalise, decimalize
    change to the decimal system
    float
    convert from a fixed point notation to a floating point notation
    monetize
    convert an economy or society from a barter system to one based on the exchange of money
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  4. verb
    make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
    synonyms: convince, win over
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    disarm
    make less hostile; win over
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    persuade
    cause somebody to adopt a certain position, belief, or course of action; twist somebody's arm
  5. verb
    cause to adopt a new or different faith
    “The missionaries converted the Indian population”
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    Islamise, Islamize
    convert to Islam
    Christianise, Christianize
    convert to Christianity
    evangelise, evangelize
    convert to Christianity
    catholicise, catholicize, latinise, latinize
    cause to adopt Catholicism
    proselytise, proselytize
    convert to another faith or religion
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief
    “She converted to Buddhism”
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  7. noun
    a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief
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    Converso
    (medieval Spain and Portugal) a Jew or Moor who professed to convert to Christianity in order to avoid persecution or expulsion
    proselyte
    a new convert, especially to a religion
    Marrano
    (medieval Spain and Portugal) a disparaging term for a Jew who converted to Christianity in order to avoid persecution but continued to practice their religion secretly
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    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  8. verb
    exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
    “Could you convert my dollars into pounds?”
    convert centimeters into inches”
    convert holdings into shares”
    synonyms: change, commute, exchange
    change, shift, switch
    lay aside, abandon, or leave for another
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    rectify
    convert into direct current
    utilize
    convert (from an investment trust to a unit trust)
    capitalise, capitalize
    convert (a company's reserve funds) into capital
    launder
    convert illegally obtained funds into legal ones
    break
    exchange for smaller units of money
    overcapitalise, overcapitalize
    capitalize beyond what the business or the profit-making prospects warrant
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    replace
    substitute a person or thing for (another that is broken or inefficient or lost or no longer working or yielding what is expected)
  9. verb
    exchange a penalty for a less severe one
    synonyms: commute, exchange
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  10. verb
    complete successfully
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    hit, rack up, score, tally
    gain points in a game
  11. verb
    score (a spare)
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    hit, rack up, score, tally
    gain points in a game
  12. verb
    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”
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    hit, rack up, score, tally
    gain points in a game
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