Definition of conversion noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈvɜːʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɜːrʒn//
    , NAmE//kənˈvɜːrʃn//
    Construction, Rugby, American football
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] conversion (from something) (into/to something) the act or process of changing something from one form, use or system to another the conversion of farm buildings into family homes Conversion to gas central heating will save you a lot of money. No conversion from analogue to digital data is needed. a metric conversion table (= showing how to change metric amounts into or out of another system) a firm which specializes in house conversions (= turning large houses into several smaller flats/apartments)
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] conversion (from something) (to something) the process or experience of changing your religion or beliefs the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons by Christian missionaries his conversion from Judaism to Christianity Late in life she experienced a religious conversion. She began by supporting monetarist economics, but later underwent quite a conversion when she saw how it increased unemployment.
  3. 3[countable] (in rugby and American football) a way of scoring extra points after scoring a try or a touchdown See related entries: Rugby, American football
  4. 4[countable] barn/loft conversion a building or room that has been changed so that it can be used for a different purpose, especially for living in See related entries: Construction
  5. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘turning of sinners to God’): via Old French from Latin conversio(n-), from convers- ‘turned about’, from the verb convertere ‘turn about’, from con- ‘altogether’ + vertere ‘turn’.Extra examples A local building firm will carry out the conversion of the farm buildings into business units. Cheap solar energy conversion has been the dream of scientists since the 1970s. Consult the conversion table to figure out the weight in kilos. In the 90s he underwent a religious conversion. The try came in the third minute and Jon Bland added the conversion. There are no charges for currency conversion. Today, after a careful conversion, it is a very comfortable and elegant country home. a conversion kit that lets your vehicle run on non-polluting fuel conversion from analogue to digital data her conversion from Buddhism to Christianity her overnight conversion to market economics the forced conversion of Jews during the Inquisition The firm specializes in house conversions. Their main business is the conversion of farm buildings into family homes.
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