- noting a specified type of person who has been converted from the religion, beliefs, or attitudes characteristic of that type: a converted Christian; a converted thief.
- noting anything, formerly of the type specified, that has been converted to something else: His yacht is a converted destroyer escort.
Origin of converted
- to change (something) into a different form or properties; transmute; transform.
- to cause to adopt a different religion, political doctrine, opinion, etc.: to convert the heathen.
- to turn to another or a particular use or purpose; divert from the original or intended use: They converted the study into a nursery for the baby.
- to modify (something) so as to serve a different function: to convert an automobile factory to the manufacture of tanks.
- to obtain an equivalent value for in an exchange or calculation, as money or units of measurement: to convert bank notes into gold; to convert yards into meters.
- Finance. to exchange voluntarily (a bond or preferred stock) into another security, usually common stock, because of the greater value of the latter.
- to change in character; cause to turn from an evil life to a righteous one: to convert a criminal.
- Chemistry. to cause (a substance) to undergo a chemical change: to convert sugar into alcohol.
- to invert or transpose.
- to assume unlawful rights of ownership of (personal property).
- to change the form of (property), as from realty to personalty or vice versa.
- to appropriate wrongfully to one's own use.
- Logic. to transpose the subject and predicate of (a proposition) by conversion.
- Computers. to subject to conversion.
- one who has been converted, as to a religion or opinion.
Origin of convert1
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Examples from the Web for converted
Keopuolani converted on her deathbed in 1823, instructing her son Kamehameha II to protect the missionaries.How Haoles Destroyed Hawaii
December 7, 2014
When Vreeland first converted to Buddhism, the world he joined was completely sealed.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
Importantly, as part of the interim plan, Iran has diluted or converted its stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium.Iran Nuke Deal: A Matter of War or Peace
November 23, 2014
Hauchard converted to Islam in high school at 17, and is said to have suddenly begun wearing a beard and djellaba.Showing the Faces of Its Murderers, ISIS Shows Its Global Reach
November 18, 2014
Her hyperrealist paintings are so powerful that they converted her atheist parents to Christians.Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All
November 17, 2014
Ah, I remember the night I was converted, as if it were yesterday.
The day which his Maker intended as a blessing, man has converted into a curse.Sunday under Three Heads
He has had it, just as it was found, converted into a breastpin.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
When the multitudes were not converted by the miracles, they fled terrified.
The fifty professors then declared that they were converted.
- 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
- to assume unlawful proprietary rights over (personal property)
- 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
- a person who has been converted to another belief, religion, etc
Word Origin and History for converted
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.).