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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.
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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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The third to be challenged is the Church, because those converts are part of the new springtime of Christianity, in a country in which Catholicism has often become an embellishment.
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How Christian society viewed these men is also reflected in the converts' writings, and illustrates very clearly the gap that remained between the converts to Christianity and those who were born into the religion.
For American converts and for the 1 million Russians in Israel, such discrimination has created huge obstacles.
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For some converts, the road to Catholicism begins with the liturgy.
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com) on October 29 from Jerusalem that "at least 22 Egyptian Christians have been arrested over the last week, many of them converts to Christianity, in a crackdown on apostates and those who support them, .
Sheed remembered that he had 'dwelt especially on what converts had done for the Catholic Intellectual Revival' whereas Luna 'found it hard to think of anything at all to be said for born Catholics"' (p.