convert (in)to (something)

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convert (in)to (something)

1. To leave one religion in order to follow another. I converted to Judaism in preparation for my wedding.
2. To cause someone to leave one religion in order to follow another. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "convert" and "(in)to." Everyone thinks Mandy converted me to Catholicism, but that's not really true.
3. To change or transform from one form, state, or function into another. The gas will convert into a liquid with enough pressure. This sofa converts to a pretty comfy bed.
4. To change or transform something to a new or different form, state, or function. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "convert" and "from." The alchemist tried for years to convert lead and other common minerals into gold. Could you convert these American dollars to euros for me, please?
5. To shift from one type of person or thing into another. Did the shy kid I used to know really into a punk rock singer? Over the next few years, the small two-man operation to one of the largest businesses in the country.
6. To cause someone or something to change or shift from one type of person or thing into another. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "convert" and "from." The profession converted him over time from a trusting, open-minded young man into a bitter, cynical old grouch. The oppressive regime converted the country into a cruel police state.
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