Convert
Convert Con*vert", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Converted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Converting}.] [L. convertere, -versum; con- + vertere to turn: cf. F. convertir. See {Verse}.] 1. To cause to turn; to turn. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

O, which way shall I first convert myself? --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

If the whole atmosphere were converted into water. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

That still lessens The sorrow, and converts it nigh to joy. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

No attempt was made to convert the Moslems. --Prescott. [1913 Webster]

4. 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. [1913 Webster]

He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death. --Lames v. 20. [1913 Webster]

5. To apply to any use by a diversion from the proper or intended use; to appropriate dishonestly or illegally. [1913 Webster]

When a bystander took a coin to get it changed, and converted it, [it was] held no larceny. --Cooley. [1913 Webster]

6. To exchange for some specified equivalent; as, to convert goods into money. [1913 Webster]

7. (Logic) To change (one proposition) into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second. [1913 Webster]

8. To turn into another language; to translate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Which story . . . Catullus more elegantly converted. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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