[verb kuh n-vurt; noun kon-vurt]

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become converted.
Football. to make a conversion.


one who has been converted, as to a religion or opinion.

Origin of convert

1250–1300; Middle English converten < Latin convertere to change completely, equivalent to con- con- + vertere to turn round (see verse); convert (noun) replacing converse, Middle English convers (< Anglo-French) < Latin; see converse2
Related formscon·ver·tive, adjective

Synonyms for convert

1. See transform. 2. proselytize. 16. proselyte, neophyte, disciple.



noun Informal.

Origin of convert

by shortening of convertible Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (kənˈvɜːt) (mainly tr)

to change or adapt the form, character, or function of; transform
to cause (someone) to change in opinion, belief, etc
to change (a person or his way of life, etc) for the better
(intr) to admit of being changed (into)the table converts into a tray
(also intr) to change or be changed into another chemical compound or physical stateto convert water into ice
  1. to assume unlawful proprietary rights over (personal property)
  2. to change (property) from realty into personalty or vice versa
(also intr) rugby to make a conversion after (a try)
logic to transpose the subject and predicate of (a proposition) by conversion
to change (a value or measurement) from one system of units to another
to exchange (a security or bond) for something of equivalent value

noun (ˈkɒnvɜːt)

a person who has been converted to another belief, religion, etc
Derived Formsconvertive, adjective

Word Origin for convert

C13: from Old French convertir, from Latin convertere to turn around, alter, transform, from vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for convert

c.1300, from Old French convertir, from Vulgar Latin *convertire, from Latin convertere "turn around, transform," from com- "together" (see com-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Originally in the religious sense. The Latin word is glossed in Old English by gecyrren, from cierran "to turn, return." Related: Converted; converting.


1560s, from convert (v.). Earlier was convers (early 14c.).

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