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CONVERT, v.t. [L., to turn; coinciding in elements and signification with barter.]

1. To change or turn into another substance or form; as, to convert gases into water, or water into ice.

2. To change from one state to another; as, to convert a barren waste into a fruitful field; to convert a wilderness into a garden; to convert rude savages into civilized men.

3. To change or turn from one religion to another, or from one party or sect to another; as, to convert pagans to Christianity; to convert royalists into republicans.

4. To turn from a bad life to a good one; to change the heart and moral character, from enmity to God and from vicious habits, to love of God and to a holy life.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. Acts 3.

He that converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death. James 5.

5. To turn toward a point.

Crystal will callify into electricity, and convert the needle freely placed. [Unusual.]

6. To turn from one use or destination to another; as, to convert liberty into an engine of oppression.

7. To appropriate or apply to ones own use, or to personal benefit; as, to convert public property to our own use.

8. To change one proposition into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second; as, all sin is a transgression of the law; but every transgression of the law is sin.

9. To turn into another language.

CONVERT, v.i. To turn or be changed; to undergo a change.

The love of wicked friends converts to fear; that fear, to hate.

CONVERT, n.

1. A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who renounces one creed, religious system or party, and embraces another; applied particularly to those who change their religious opinions, but applicable to political and philosophical sects.

2. In a more strict sense, one who is turned from sin to holiness.

Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. Isaiah 1.

3. In monasteries, a lay-friar or brother, admitted to the service of the house, without orders, and not allowed to sing in the choir.



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CONVERT, v.t. [L., to turn; coinciding in elements and signification with barter.]

1. To change or turn into another substance or form; as, to convert gases into water, or water into ice.

2. To change from one state to another; as, to convert a barren waste into a fruitful field; to convert a wilderness into a garden; to convert rude savages into civilized men.

3. To change or turn from one religion to another, or from one party or sect to another; as, to convert pagans to Christianity; to convert royalists into republicans.

4. To turn from a bad life to a good one; to change the heart and moral character, from enmity to God and from vicious habits, to love of God and to a holy life.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. Acts 3.

He that converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death. James 5.

5. To turn toward a point.

Crystal will callify into electricity, and convert the needle freely placed. [Unusual.]

6. To turn from one use or destination to another; as, to convert liberty into an engine of oppression.

7. To appropriate or apply to ones own use, or to personal benefit; as, to convert public property to our own use.

8. To change one proposition into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second; as, all sin is a transgression of the law; but every transgression of the law is sin.

9. To turn into another language.

CONVERT, v.i. To turn or be changed; to undergo a change.

The love of wicked friends converts to fear; that fear, to hate.

CONVERT, n.

1. A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who renounces one creed, religious system or party, and embraces another; applied particularly to those who change their religious opinions, but applicable to political and philosophical sects.

2. In a more strict sense, one who is turned from sin to holiness.

Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. Isaiah 1.

3. In monasteries, a lay-friar or brother, admitted to the service of the house, without orders, and not allowed to sing in the choir.

CON'VERT, n.

  1. A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who renounces one creed, religious system or party, and embraces another; applied particularly to those who change their religious opinions, but applicable to political or philosophical sects.
  2. In a more strict sense, one who is turned from sin to holiness. Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. – Is. i.
  3. In monasteries, a lay-friar or brother, admitted to the service of the house, without orders, and not allowed to sing in the choir. – Encyc.

CON-VERT', v.i.

To turn or be changed; to undergo a change. The love of wicked friends converts to fear: / That fear, to hate. – Shak.


CON-VERT', v.t. [L. converto; con and verto, to turn; coinciding in elements and signification with barter, and probably from the root of very, vario, veer, Sp. birar, Port. virar, to turn. Class Br.]

  1. To change or turn into another substance or form; as, to convert gases into water, or water into ice.
  2. To change from one state to another; as, to convert a barren waste into a fruitful field; to convert a wilderness into a garden; to convert rude savages into civilized men.
  3. To change or turn from one religion to another, or from one party or sect to another; as, to convert pagans to Christianity; to convert royalists into republicans.
  4. To turn from a bad life to a good one; to change the heart and moral character, from enmity to God and from vicious habits, to love of God and to a holy life. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. – Acts iii. He that converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death. – James v.
  5. To turn toward a point. Crystal will callify into electricity, and convert the needle freely placed. [Unusual.] – Brown.
  6. To turn from one use or destination to another; as, to convert liberty into an engine of oppression.
  7. To appropriate or apply to one's own use, or to personal benefit; as, to convert public property to our own use.
  8. To change one proposition into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second; as, all sin is a transgression of the law; but every transgression of the law is sin. – Hale.
  9. To turn into another language. – B. Jonson.

Con*vert"
  1. To cause to turn; to turn.

    [Obs.]

    O, which way shall I first convert myself?
    B. Jonson.

  2. To be turned or changed in character or direction; to undergo a change, physically or morally.

    If Nebo had had the preaching that thou hast, they [the Neboites] would have converted.
    Latimer.

    A red dust which converth into worms.
    Sandys.

    The public hope
    And eye to thee converting.
    Thomson.

  3. A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who is won over to, or heartily embraces, a creed, religious system, or party, in which he has not previously believed; especially, one who turns from the controlling power of sin to that of holiness, or from unbelief to Christianity.

    The Jesuits did not persuade the converts to lay aside the use of images.
    Bp. Stillingfleet.

  4. To change or turn from one state or condition to another; to alter in form, substance, or quality; to transform; to transmute; as, to convert water into ice.

    If the whole atmosphere were converted into water.
    T. Burnet.

    That still lessens
    The sorrow, and converts it nigh to joy.
    Milton.

  5. A lay friar or brother, permitted to enter a monastery for the service of the house, but without orders, and not allowed to sing in the choir.

    Syn. -- Proselyte; neophyte. -- Convert, Proselyte, Pervert. A convert is one who turns from what he believes to have been a decided error of faith or practice. Such a change may relate to religion, politics, or other subjects. properly considered, it is not confined to speculation alone, but affects the whole current of one's feelings and the tenor of his actions. As such a change carries with it the appearance of sincerity, the term convert is usually taken in a good sense. Proselyte is a term of more ambiguous use and application. It was first applied to an adherent of one religious system who had transferred himself externally to some other religious system; and is also applied to one who makes a similar transfer in respect to systems of philosophy or speculation. The term has little or no reference to the state of the heart. Pervert is a term of recent origin, designed to express the contrary of convert, and to stigmatize a person as drawn off perverted from the true faith. It has been more particulary applied by members of the Church of England to those who have joined the Roman Catholic Church.

  6. To change or turn from one belief or course to another, as from one religion to another or from one party or sect to another.

    No attempt was made to convert the Moslems.
    Prescott.

  7. To produce the spiritual change called conversion in (any one); to turn from a bad life to a good one; to change the heart and moral character of (any one) from the controlling power of sin to that of holiness.

    He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death.
    Lames v. 20.

  8. To apply to any use by a diversion from the proper or intended use; to appropriate dishonestly or illegally.

    When a bystander took a coin to get it changed, and converted it, [it was] held no larceny.
    Cooley.

  9. To exchange for some specified equivalent; as, to convert goods into money.
  10. To change (one proposition) into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second.
  11. To turn into another language; to translate.

    [Obs.]

    Which story . . . Catullus more elegantly converted.
    B. Jonson.

    Converted guns, cast-iron guns lined with wrought-iron or steel tubes. Farrow. -- Converting furnace (Steel Manuf.), a furnace in which wrought iron is converted into steel by cementation.

    Syn. -- To change; turn; transmute; appropriate.

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CONVERT, verb transitive [Latin , to turn; coinciding in elements and signification with barter.]

1. To change or turn into another substance or form; as, to convert gases into water, or water into ice.

2. To change from one state to another; as, to convert a barren waste into a fruitful field; to convert a wilderness into a garden; to convert rude savages into civilized men.

3. To change or turn from one religion to another, or from one party or sect to another; as, to convert pagans to Christianity; to convert royalists into republicans.

4. To turn from a bad life to a good one; to change the heart and moral character, from enmity to God and from vicious habits, to love of God and to a holy life.

Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. Acts 3:19.

He that converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death. James 5:19.

5. To turn toward a point.

Crystal will callify into electricity, and convert the needle freely placed. [Unusual.]

6. To turn from one use or destination to another; as, to convert liberty into an engine of oppression.

7. To appropriate or apply to ones own use, or to personal benefit; as, to convert public property to our own use.

8. To change one proposition into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second; as, all sin is a transgression of the law; but every transgression of the law is sin.

9. To turn into another language.

CONVERT, verb intransitive To turn or be changed; to undergo a change.

The love of wicked friends converts to fear; that fear, to hate.

CONVERT, noun

1. A person who is converted from one opinion or practice to another; a person who renounces one creed, religious system or party, and embraces another; applied particularly to those who change their religious opinions, but applicable to political and philosophical sects.

2. In a more strict sense, one who is turned from sin to holiness.

Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness. Isaiah 1:27.

3. In monasteries, a lay-friar or brother, admitted to the service of the house, without orders, and not allowed to sing in the choir.

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