Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief
  2. (verb, change) change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy
  3. (verb, change) change the nature, purpose, or function of something
    convert hotels into jails
    convert slaves to laborers
  4. (verb, change) change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief
  5. (verb, change) exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category
    He changed his name
    convert centimeters into inches
    convert holdings into shares
  6. (verb, change) cause to adopt a new or different faith
  7. (verb, competition) score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone
  8. (verb, competition) complete successfully
  9. (verb, competition) score (a spare)
  10. (verb, communication) make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something
  11. (verb, change) exchange a penalty for a less severe one
  12. (verb, change) change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Convert

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. convertir, from L. convertere "turn around, transform," from com- "together" + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Originally in the religious sense. The L. word is glossed in O.E. by gecyrren, from cierran "to turn, return." Related: Converted (pp. adj., 1590s); converter (1533, of machinery, 1867); conv… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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