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convertverb [I/T]

 us   /kənˈvɜrt/
to ​change the ​character, ​appearance, or ​operation of something: [T] We converted ​ouroilfurnace to ​gas to ​savemoney. 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 ​countrymusic.
noun [C/U]  us   /kənˈvɜr·ʒən/
[U] Conversion to the ​metricsystem has been ​underway in this ​country for ​decades.

convertnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɑn·vɜrt/
someone who ​accepts a new ​religion or ​belief: The ​candidatewon millions of converts to his ​taxproposal. Jim called himself a new convert to the ​RepublicanParty.
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uk   /kənˈvɜːt/  us   /-ˈvɝːt/

convert verb (CHANGE)

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

[T] in ​sport , to ​scoreextrapoints such as a conversion, freethrow, or penaltyshot

convertnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒn.vɜːt/  us   /ˈkɑːn.vɝːt/
someone who ​changestheirbeliefs, ​habits, or way of ​living: a ​Christian/​Buddhist convert a convert tovegetarianism/​wholemealbread
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uk   us   /kənˈvɜːt/
[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 ​buildingsocieties converted into ​banks.convert sth into/to sth A ​traderegime was ​introducedrequiring countries to convert ​importquotas 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 ​retailingoutlet into a ​operation.
[T] IT to ​changecomputerdata so that it can be read by a different ​softwareprogram: Images can be ​scanned, converted and ​saved to a ​specificfolder.convert sth (from sth) into sth Most ​programs will easily convert ​text from one ​fileformat into another.
(Definition of convert from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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