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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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One young man who waited until he arrived in Van, Turkey, before he converted said he is now "comfortable" with his new faith and does not think he could be the person he wanted to be with his former religion.
He said there were soldiers who had converted to Islam but they did not present any problems for the military.
In the case of converts, however, only 90% were men while 10% were women.
They said their work was not only in supporting converts, but also trying to dispel myths about conversion, such as having to change one's name or lose one's cultural identity.
The report adds: "Converts are generally at ease living in the UK and do not feel that British people are essentially hostile to Islam."
Assume this hypothetical example: John Smith has a $250,000 traditional IRA and is eligible to convert to a Roth IRA but does not have funds outside the IRA to pay the resulting tax liability.
He made the improbable decision to convert to Islam in the late 1880s while serving as US Consul in Manila, the Philippines, and dedicated the rest of his life to advocating its cause.
Walter Hooper, Lewis' confidante, editor and biographer, sometime Anglican priest and most assiduous keeper of the Lewis' flame, in 1988 converted to Catholicism.
A Christian might convert to Buddhism or a Buddhist to Christianity.
The reaction that converts coal and biomass to alkanes, however, produces carbon chains of many lengths.
To do the work, the skater's body converts chemical energy gained from food into mechanical energy, which moves the skater's leg muscles.
A new solution converts agricultural waste such as cornstalks and wheat straw into ethanol.
However, many buildings opted to stay on frontage billing while the entire premise meter monitored meter consumption, and plan on remaining on frontage until the DEP converts them to meter billing.
Elisheva Carlebach, Divided Souls: Converts from Judaism in Germany 1500-1750