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Definition of convert verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they convert
    he / she / it converts
    past simple converted
    -ing form converting
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to change or make something change from one form, purpose, system, etc., to another convert something (into something) The hotel is going to be converted into a nursing home. The club is a converted warehouse. What rate will I get if I convert my dollars into euros? Hot water is converted to electricity by a turbine. convert (from something) (into/to something) We converted from oil to gas central heating.
  2. 2[intransitive] convert into/to something to be able to be changed from one form, purpose, or system to another a sofa that converts into a bed
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to change or make someone change their religion or beliefs convert (from something) (to something) He converted from Christianity to Islam. convert somebody (from something) (to something) She was soon converted to the socialist cause.
  4. 4[intransitive, transitive] to change an opinion, a habit, etc. convert (from something) to something I converted to organic food. convert somebody (from something) (to something) I didn't use to like opera but my husband has converted me.
  5. 5[transitive] convert something (in football) to score extra points after a touchdown
  6. Idioms
    preach to the converted
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    to speak to people in support of views that they already hold
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