Convert

Definition of Convert

Con`vert´
v. t.1.To cause to turn; to turn.
[imp. & p. p. Converted; p. pr. & vb. n. Converting.]
O, which way shall I first convert myself?
- B. Jonson.
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.
If the whole atmosphere were converted into water.
- T. Burnet.
That still lessens
The sorrow, and converts it nigh to joy.
- Milton.
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.
No attempt was made to convert the Moslems.
- Prescott.
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.
He which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death.
- Lames v. 20.
5.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.
6.To exchange for some specified equivalent; as, to convert goods into money.
7.(Logic) To change (one proposition) into another, so that what was the subject of the first becomes the predicate of the second.
8.To turn into another language; to translate.
Which story . . . Catullus more elegantly converted.
- B. Jonson.
Converted guns
cast-iron guns lined with wrought-iron or steel tubes.
Converting furnace
(Steel Manuf.) a furnace in which wrought iron is converted into steel by cementation.
- Farrow.
v. i.1.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.
n.1.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.
2.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.

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