[ kuh n-vur-zhuh n, -shuh n ]
/ kənˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən /


Origin of conversion

1300–50; Middle English conversio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin conversiōn- (stem of conversiō) a complete change. See converse2, -ion
Related formscon·ver·sion·al, con·ver·sion·ar·y [kuh n-vur-zhuh-ner-ee, -shuh-] /kənˈvɜr ʒəˌnɛr i, -ʃə-/, adjectivenon·con·ver·sion, nounpre·con·ver·sion, nounsem·i·con·ver·sion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conversion


/ (kənˈvɜːʃən) /


Derived Formsconversional or conversionary, adjective

Word Origin for conversion

C14: from Latin conversiō a turning around; see convert
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Medicine definitions for conversion


[ kən-vûrzhən, -shən ]


The acquisition by bacteria of a new property associated with presence of a prophage.
A defense mechanism in which repressed ideas, conflicts, or impulses are manifested by various bodily symptoms, such as paralysis or breathing difficulties, that have no physical cause.

Related formscon•versive (-sĭv) adj.
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