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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.
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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Converts were significantly older at the time of charge than non-converts.
When his case occurred, for 15 days all the newspapers of Italy and Europe and the world talked about the problem of apostasy and the death penalty that Islam provides for those who convert to another religion.
Much like Carlebach's first book on a leading anti-Sabbatian figure, her latest book is a pioneering work which hopefully will lead to more scholarship on the early modern Jewish converts and their writings.
There seems to be both some truth to the old adage that converts make better Catholics, and some exaggeration.
Many European qualified business units (QBUs) may be unable to completely convert their accounting systems to accept the euro before 2002 and, thus, may be required to keep two sets of books during the transition period.
ArcSoft MediaConverter 2 is a fast, easy-to-use conversion software that converts the most popular media formats, such as MP4, MP3, AVI, WMV, MOV, RM, JPG, and TIFF.
Often, converts to Christianity in Egypt lead a double life.
But in an earlier and more robust age-1933, to be exact-as Joseph Pearce relates in his delightful book Literary Converts, two prominent Catholics had it out on this very topic.
The new digital pen -- which converts handwriting into digital text in seconds -- has improved handwriting recognition and offers a new written shortcut that efficiently transforms notes into a Microsoft(R) Word(R) document.
Although Pearce incorporates the names and deeds of various cradle Catholics' like Hilaire Belloc into his saga, he concentrates mostly on the converts, some coming from Anglicanism, others from atheism.
50 per share, a holder of the Notes who converts will receive Gilead common stock with a market value (together with cash in lieu of any fractional shares and the make-whole payment) greater than the amount of cash (including the make-whole payment) the holder would otherwise be entitled to receive upon redemption.
7 MILLION CROWN RESOURCES CORPORATION DEBT CONVERTS TO COMMON SHARES
NHK Enterprises was in a tight situation when during pre-game, they realized the dirty line converts was not going to meet their needs," said Noboru "Bobby" Note, vice president of Asaca/ShibaSoku.