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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 or understand. You're preaching to the choir here—we all have kids and understand how busy life with kids is.
See also: choir, preach

preach to the converted

To try 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.
See also: convert, preach

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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Magazine papers accounted for 32% of the company's turnover (sales) in 2003, with fine and specialty papers making up 22% of the total and most of the remainder coming from wood products (15%), converting (13%) and newsprint (12%).
The Web Converting operation in Dallas has recently added a state-of-the-art spooling line to enhance the traverse winding services available in the southwest market while the recently built Phoenix plant is also adding a new traverse winding line making that location a full service site.
has successfully converted three thermoformers to catalytic heat with LP gas and is converting two more.
In the event a Converting Stockholder tenders shares and later decides that it does not want to convert shares, such Converting Stockholder will need to make arrangements with Continental to withdraw the tender.
Products: The company focuses on magazine papers, newsprint, fine and specialty papers, converting materials, and wood products.
a bond) before converting the QBU's functional currency to the euro.
The money in the blocked bank accounts is still in unstamped cruzados novos, and depositors are blocked from converting the funds to cruzeiros.
All GFCI shareholders as of the Record Date will be issued a total of 20,000,000 three-year warrants converting on a 1:1 basis into Series B Preference Participating Drilling Shares of PDEI at a price of $.
Boeing, he stressed, could achieve a 25-35% cost reduction in tooling alone by converting an assembly to a cast component.
This new course title and content provide a unique opportunity for participants to enhance their troubleshooting skills as well as increase their understanding of the causes of and solutions for converting problems.
In a series of letter rulings (Letter Rulings 9549021, 9627024, 9632010, 9632011, 9640029, 9736018 and 9821043), the IRS has affirmed a return-of-capital transaction that has become quite popular among mutual thrifts converting to the stock form of ownership.
Once a worthy foe of American fighter jets, the Russian MiG-21 soon might provide work for an Antelope Valley company interested in converting the jets into aerial targets.
NEW YORK -- Xethanol Corporation (AMEX: XNL), a renewable energy company focused on converting biomass to biofuel, today announced the Company has formed a venture with Renewable Spirits, LLC for the purpose of building a biomass-based pilot production facility, utilizing waste citrus peels as raw material for making ethanol.
This simple fact--and the demands of customers to have products delivered immediately, wherever they want them-is driving paper mills that have traditionally used on-site converting of paper and board to consider new options, such as off--site and outsourced converting.
Does the tax year of the converting domestic partnership close with respect to any or all the partners?