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"convert" in British English

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convertverb

uk   /kənˈvɜːt/ us   /kənˈvɝːt/
  • convert verb (CHANGE)

B2 [I or T] to (cause something or someone to) change in form or character: Could we convert the small bedroom into a second bathroom? What's the formula for converting pounds into kilograms?
C2 [I or T] to change to a new religion, belief, opinion, etc., or to make someone do this: He converted to (= started believing in) Catholicism when he got married. I used to hate exercise, but my sister has converted me (to it).

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convertnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.vɜːt/ us   /ˈkɑːn.vɝːt/
someone who changes their beliefs, habits, or way of living: a Christian/Buddhist convert a convert to vegetarianism/wholemeal bread
(Definition of convert from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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convertverb [I/T]

us   /kənˈvɜrt/
to change the character, appearance, or operation of something: [T] We converted our oil furnace to gas to save money.
Someone who is converted to something is persuaded to accept new preferences or beliefs: [I] Most of the families in the community converted recently. [T] My kids are trying to convert me to country music.
conversion
noun [C/U] us   /kənˈvɜr·ʒən/
[U] Conversion to the metric system has been underway in this country for decades.

convertnoun [C]

us   /ˈkɑn·vɜrt/
someone who accepts a new religion or belief: The candidate won millions of converts to his tax proposal. Jim called himself a new convert to the Republican Party.
(Definition of convert from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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convertverb

uk   /kənˈvɜːt/ us  
[I or T] to change from one type of system or organization to another, or to make something do this: convert into/to sth At the end of the 1990s, many building societies converted into banks.convert sth into/to sth A trade regime was introduced requiring countries to convert import quotas to tariffs.
[T] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to exchange one type of currency, share, etc. for another: convert sth (from sth) into/to sth They had converted all their cash from pounds into dollars. Investors have the option of converting bonds into equityconvert sth (from sth) into sth They were successfully converted from a traditional retailing outlet into a dot.com operation.
[T] IT to change computer data so that it can be read by a different software program: Images can be scanned, converted and saved to a specific folder.convert sth (from sth) into sth Most programs will easily convert text from one file format into another.
(Definition of convert from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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