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con·verse 1

intr.v. con·versed, con·vers·ing, con·vers·es
1. To engage in an exchange of thoughts and feelings by means of speech or sign language. See Synonyms at speak.
2. Archaic To interact socially with others; associate.
n. (kŏn′vûrs′) Archaic
1. An interchange of thoughts and feelings by means of speech or sign language; conversation.
2. Social interaction.

[Middle English conversen, to associate with, from Old French converser, from Latin conversārī : com-, com- + versārī, to occupy oneself; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

con·verse 2

 (kən-vûrs′, kŏn′vûrs′)
Reversed, as in position, order, or action; contrary.
n. (kŏn′vûrs′)
1. Something that has been reversed; an opposite.
2. Logic A proposition obtained by conversion.

[Latin conversus, past participle of convertere, to turn around; see convert.]

con·verse′ly adv.
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1. to engage in conversation (with)
2. (Theology) to commune spiritually (with)
3. obsolete
a. to associate; consort
b. to have sexual intercourse
4. conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
5. obsolete
a. fellowship or acquaintance
b. sexual intercourse
[C16: from Old French converser, from Latin conversārī to keep company with, from conversāre to turn constantly, from vertere to turn]
conˈverser n


(prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
1. something that is opposite or contrary
2. (Logic) logic
a. a categorical proposition obtained from another by the transposition of subject and predicate, as no bad man is bald from no bald man is bad
b. a proposition so derived, possibly by weakening a universal proposition to the corresponding particular, as some socialists are rich from all rich men are socialists
3. (Logic) logic maths a relation that holds between two relata only when a given relation holds between them in reverse order: thus father of is the converse of son of
[C16: from Latin conversus turned around; see converse1]
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(v. kənˈvɜrs; n. ˈkɒn vɜrs)

v. -versed, -vers•ing,
n. v.i.
1. to talk informally with another; exchange ideas by talking.
2. Archaic. to maintain a familiar association (usu. fol. by with).
3. conversation.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French converser < Latin conversārī to associate with]
con•vers′er, n.


(adj. kənˈvɜrs, ˈkɒn vɜrs; n. ˈkɒn vɜrs)

1. opposite or contrary in direction, action, sequence, etc.; turned around.
2. something opposite or contrary.
3. a logical proposition obtained from another proposition by conversion.
4. a group of words correlative with a preceding group but having a significant pair of terms interchanged, as “hot in winter but cold in summer” and “cold in winter but hot in summer.”
[1350–1400; Middle English convers (< Anglo-French) < Latin conversus, past participle of convertere to turn around; see convert]
con•verse′ly, adv.
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contrary, converse, opposite, reverse - Contrary describes something that contradicts a proposition, converse is used when the elements of a proposition are reversed, opposite pertains to that which is diametrically opposed to a proposition, and reverse can mean each of those.
See also related terms for reverse.
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Past participle: conversed
Gerund: conversing

I converse
you converse
he/she/it converses
we converse
you converse
they converse
I conversed
you conversed
he/she/it conversed
we conversed
you conversed
they conversed
Present Continuous
I am conversing
you are conversing
he/she/it is conversing
we are conversing
you are conversing
they are conversing
Present Perfect
I have conversed
you have conversed
he/she/it has conversed
we have conversed
you have conversed
they have conversed
Past Continuous
I was conversing
you were conversing
he/she/it was conversing
we were conversing
you were conversing
they were conversing
Past Perfect
I had conversed
you had conversed
he/she/it had conversed
we had conversed
you had conversed
they had conversed
I will converse
you will converse
he/she/it will converse
we will converse
you will converse
they will converse
Future Perfect
I will have conversed
you will have conversed
he/she/it will have conversed
we will have conversed
you will have conversed
they will have conversed
Future Continuous
I will be conversing
you will be conversing
he/she/it will be conversing
we will be conversing
you will be conversing
they will be conversing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been conversing
you have been conversing
he/she/it has been conversing
we have been conversing
you have been conversing
they have been conversing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been conversing
you will have been conversing
he/she/it will have been conversing
we will have been conversing
you will have been conversing
they will have been conversing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been conversing
you had been conversing
he/she/it had been conversing
we had been conversing
you had been conversing
they had been conversing
I would converse
you would converse
he/she/it would converse
we would converse
you would converse
they would converse
Past Conditional
I would have conversed
you would have conversed
he/she/it would have conversed
we would have conversed
you would have conversed
they would have conversed
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.converse - a proposition obtained by conversionconverse - a proposition obtained by conversion
proposition - (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
Verb1.converse - carry on a conversation
argue, contend, debate, fence - have an argument about something
interview, question - conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
interview - discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation; "We interviewed the job candidates"
interview - go for an interview in the hope of being hired; "The job candidate interviewed everywhere"
talk, speak - exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"
chew the fat, chitchat, chit-chat, claver, confab, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, chat, chaffer, confabulate, gossip, chatter, visit - talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
Adj.1.converse - of words so related that one reverses the relation denoted by the other; "`parental' and `filial' are converse terms"
antonymous - of words: having opposite meanings
2.converse - turned about in order or relation; "transposed letters"
backward - directed or facing toward the back or rear; "a backward view"
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verb talk, speak, chat, communicate, discourse, confer, commune, exchange views, shoot the breeze (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.) They were conversing in German, their only common language.


1. opposite, reverse, contrary, other side of the coin, obverse, antithesis If that is true, the converse is equally so.
1. opposite, counter, reverse, contrary Stress reduction techniques have the converse effect on the immune system.
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converse 1

To engage in spoken exchange:
Informal: confab, visit.
1. Spoken exchange:
Informal: confab.
Slang: jaw.
2. Obsolete. The exchange of ideas by writing, speech, or signals:

converse 2

That which is diametrically opposed to another:
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ضِد، نَقيض، عَكْسيَتَحَدَّث، يُحادِث
det modsattedet omvendtekonverseresamtale
andstæîaræîa viî


1 [kənˈvɜːs] VI to converse (with sb) (about sth)conversar or (LAm) platicar (con algn) (sobre algo)
to converse by signshablar por señas


2 [ˈkɒnvɜːs]
A. N (Math, Logic) → proposición f recíproca; (gen) → inversa f
but the converse is truepero la verdad es al revés
B. ADJcontrario, opuesto (Logic) → recíproco
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n (= opposite) → contraire m, inverse m
[kənˈvɜːrs] vis'entretenir
to converse with sb about sth → s'entretenir avec qn de qch
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vi (form)sich unterhalten, konversieren (old)


adjumgekehrt; (Logic also) → konvers (spec); opinions etcgegenteilig
n (= opposite)Gegenteil nt; (Logic: = proposition) → Umkehrung f, → Konverse f (spec); the converse is truedas Gegenteil trifft zu; quite the converseganz im Gegenteil
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1 [kənˈvɜːs] vi to converse (with sb about sth) (frm) → conversare (con qn su or di qc)


2 [ˈkɒnvɜːs]
1. ninverso, contrario, opposto (Math) → opposto
2. adjopposto/a, contrario/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(kənˈvəːs) verb
to talk. It is difficult to converse with people who do not speak your language.


(ˈkonvəːs) noun
the opposite; the contrary.
conversely (konˈvəːsli) adverb
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References in classic literature ?
Again he tried to converse with his strange nurse, but the attempt was useless.
The first hour that I began to converse with him after he had agreed to go with me to the East Indies, I found reason to delight exceedingly in his conversation; and he first began with me about religion in the most obliging manner imaginable.
She is very pretty, and always wears a black dress, with the most beautiful fit; she speaks a little English; she tells me she had to learn it in order to converse with the Americans who come in such numbers to this hotel.
I suggested telepathy, but he said no, that it was not telepathy since they could only communicate when in each others' presence, nor could they talk with the Sagoths or the other inhabitants of Pellucidar by the same method they used to converse with one another.
One Evening in December as my Father, my Mother and myself, were arranged in social converse round our Fireside, we were on a sudden greatly astonished, by hearing a violent knocking on the outward door of our rustic Cot.
I walked to the city without any concern, being clad like one of the natives, and sufficiently instructed to converse with them.
"We will send the idle and useless to look at the fireworks," said Pellisson to Gourville, "whilst we converse here."
I did not hold the sort of fancied converse with him that I held with ether authors, and I cannot pretend that I had the affection for him that attracted me to them.
They are happy men, whose natures sort with their vocations; otherwise they may say, multum incola fuit anima mea; when they converse in those things, they do not affect.
Indeed I do; nor can I imagine any theme about which a man of sense would oftener wish to converse.
Thus did they converse, and presently Mercury came up to them with the ghosts of the suitors who had been killed by Ulysses.
He is highly esteemed by all the family at the park, and I never see him myself without taking pains to converse with him."