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convert from (something)

1. To leave one religion in order to follow another. I converted from Catholicism to Judaism in preparation for my wedding.
2. To change or shift from one thing into another. Did she really convert from that shy kid into a punk rock singer?
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preach to the choir

To try to convince someone about something that they already support; to state one's opinion to those who are already most receptive to it. You're preaching to the choir here—we all have kids and understand how busy life can get. Honestly, you're preaching to the choir, but I just don't have any money to donate.
See also: choir, preach

preach to the converted

To try to convince someone about something that they already support; to state one's opinion to those who are already most receptive to it. You're preaching to the converted here—we all have kids and understand how busy life can get. Honestly, you're preaching to the converted, but I just don't have any money to donate.
See also: convert, preach

be preaching to the converted

To be trying to convince someone about something that they already support or understand. You're preaching to the converted here—we all have kids and understand how busy life with kids is.
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convert from something (into something)

 and convert (from something) (in)to something
to change from one thing into another. We converted from oil to natural gas to heat our house. I had hoped he would convert from an impatient youth into a relaxed gentleman. He did not.
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convert someone or something (from something) (into something)

to change someone or something from something into something else. Can we convert you from a meat eater into a vegetarian? Would you be willing to convert your oil furnace to a gas one?

preach to the choir

 and preach to the converted
Fig. to make one's case primarily to one's supporters; to make one's case only to those people who are present or who are already friendly to the issues. There is no need to convince us of the value of hard work. We already know that. You are just preaching to the choir. Don't waste your time telling us about the problem. That's preaching to the choir. Bob found himself preaching to the converted when he was telling Jane the advantages of living in the suburbs. She already hates city life.
See also: choir, preach

preach to the converted

Try to convince someone who is already convinced, as in Why tell me smoking is bad when I gave it up years ago? You're preaching to the converted. [Mid-1800s]
See also: convert, preach

be preaching to the converted

If someone is preaching to the converted, they are presenting an opinion or argument to people who already agree with them. You're wasting your time preaching to the converted. In any case the film was, by and large, preaching to the converted. Note: The converted are people who have converted, or changed their religious beliefs. Preaching is the activity of telling people about a religion.
See also: convert, preach

preach to the converted

advocate something to people who already share your convictions about its merits or importance.
See also: convert, preach

preach to the conˈverted

(American English also preach to the ˈchoir) tell people to support a view or an idea when they already support it: Why do they keep telling us about the importance of women in industry? They’re preaching to the converted here.
See also: convert, preach
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It also describes the "persistent myth" of converting to Islam for marriage - with many relationships forming only after someone has converted to the religion.
Another reason to consider converting now and not waiting for 2010 would be a change in law eliminating the repeal of the conversion income limits.
"We officially opened our new subsidiary this year," said Barry Cousins, area manager, Canada for Color Converting. "Presently, we are a distribution plant, and we have an in-house analytical lab for color matching.
Products: IP's output stretches across a broad range of product lines, including pulp, fluff pulp, coated and uncoated printing and writing papers, specialty papers, diapers, sanitary napkins, containerboard, bleached packaging board, converting and specialty industrial papers.
1031 like-kind tax-deferred exchange to the rental property and acquire a suitable new property, with the intention of renting it first for a short period and then converting it to a principal residence.
I often find myself faced with converting a Mac-based Quicken or QuickBooks file to the corresponding Windows versions.
He hoped that by converting upper caste Indians he would then be able to convert large numbers of those from the lower castes.
Do those who now laud him as the patron saint of homosexuals know about his claim that he was prevented from converting to Catholicism as a youth, or that he was received into the Church on November 29, 1900, the day before he died?
Jenkins added two penalties and Hodge his second before a solo try from Jamie Robinson made it 25- 13 with Jenkins converting. Reivers hit back with a Graham Dall touchdown, converted by Hodge.
Traditional methods of determining public-offering prices of converting insurers have generally not resulted in the best pricing for the companies, or their policyholders.
A practical consideration in converting any occupied building is where to put the residents while this is going on.
Some researchers, however, think they may have found a more foolproof solution by chemically converting types A and B red blood cells to the universal type O.
Not entirely hidden among all the converting equipment at the recent CMM9 International Converting Machinery/Materials Show in Chicago were interesting developments for extrusion processors.
*What is the net effect on the carbon cycle of converting marginal cropland and pasture to forest?