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English Dictionary: convert by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
convert
n
  1. a person who has been converted to another religious or political belief
v
  1. change from one system to another or to a new plan or policy; "We converted from 220 to 110 Volt"
    Synonym(s): convert, change over
  2. change the nature, purpose, or function of something; "convert lead into gold"; "convert hotels into jails"; "convert slaves to laborers"
  3. change religious beliefs, or adopt a religious belief; "She converted to Buddhism"
  4. exchange or replace with another, usually of the same kind or category; "Could you convert my dollars into pounds?"; "He changed his name"; "convert centimeters into inches"; "convert holdings into shares"
    Synonym(s): change, exchange, commute, convert
  5. cause to adopt a new or different faith; "The missionaries converted the Indian population"
  6. score an extra point or points after touchdown by kicking the ball through the uprights or advancing the ball into the end zone; "Smith converted and his team won"
  7. complete successfully; "score a penalty shot or free throw"
  8. score (a spare)
  9. make (someone) agree, understand, or realize the truth or validity of something; "He had finally convinced several customers of the advantages of his product"
    Synonym(s): convert, win over, convince
  10. exchange a penalty for a less severe one
    Synonym(s): commute, convert, exchange
  11. change in nature, purpose, or function; undergo a chemical change; "The substance converts to an acid"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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.]
  
                     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. [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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Convert \Con*vert"\, v. i.
      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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Convert \Con"vert\, 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.
  
      Syn: Proselyte; neophyte.
  
      Usage: {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.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   CONVERT
  
      1. String processing language, combined the pattern matching
      and transformation operations of COMIT with the recursive data
      structures of Lisp.   "Convert", A. Guzman et al, CACM
      9(8):604-615 (Aug 1966).
  
      2. Early language to convert programs and data from one
      language to another.   "CONVERT Manual", OLI Systems Inc (Oct
      1976).
  
  
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