converse

verb
con·​verse | \ kən-ˈvərs How to pronounce converse (audio) \
conversed; conversing

Definition of converse

 (Entry 1 of 4)

intransitive verb

1 : to exchange thoughts and opinions in speech : talk spent a few minutes conversing about the weather The leaders were bellowing so loudly that you had to shout to converse with your dinner partner.— Christopher Buckley
2 archaic
a : to have acquaintance or familiarity
b : to become occupied or engaged

converse

noun (1)
con·​verse | \ ˈkän-ˌvərs How to pronounce converse (audio) \

Definition of converse (Entry 2 of 4)

1 dated : conversation … Mrs Walker, like many other mothers, was apt to be more free in converse with her daughter than she was with her son.— Anthony Trollope Graham Bretton had dined with us that day; he had shone both in converse and looks.— Charlotte Brontë
2 archaic : social interaction

converse

noun (2)
con·​verse | \ ˈkän-ˌvərs How to pronounce converse (audio) \

Definition of converse (Entry 3 of 4)

: something reversed in order, relation, or action: such as
a : a theorem formed by interchanging the hypothesis and conclusion of a given theorem
b : a proposition obtained by interchange of the subject and predicate of a given proposition "No P is S " is the converse of "no S is P. "

converse

adjective
con·​verse | \ kən-ˈvərs How to pronounce converse (audio) , ˈkän-ˌvərs How to pronounce converse (audio) \

Definition of converse (Entry 4 of 4)

1 : reversed in order, relation, or action Socrates, while he said that the true tragic writer was also an artist in comedy, did not lay down the converse proposition that the true comic writer is also an artist in tragedy.— Samuel Alexander
2 : being a logical or mathematical converse the converse theorem

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Other Words from converse

Verb

converser \ kən-​ˈvər-​sər How to pronounce converse (audio) \ noun

Examples of converse in a Sentence

Verb They conversed quietly in the corner of the room. At home we often converse in Spanish. Adjective One must also consider the converse case.
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First Known Use of converse

Verb

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1570, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for converse

Verb

Middle English, to live (with), from Anglo-French converser, from Latin conversari

Noun (1)

Middle English convers, from Anglo-French converse, from converser

Noun (2) and Adjective

Latin conversus, past participle of convertere — see convert entry 1

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The first known use of converse was in the 15th century

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“Converse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/converse. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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converse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of converse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

formal : to talk usually informally with someone : to have a conversation

converse

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of converse (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : opposite or reverse

converse

verb
con·​verse | \ kən-ˈvərs How to pronounce converse (audio) \
conversed; conversing

Kids Definition of converse

: to talk to another person or to other people

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