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[verb kuh n-vurs; noun kon-vurs] /verb kənˈvɜrs; noun ˈkɒn vɜrs/
verb (used without object), conversed, conversing.
to talk informally with another or others; exchange views, opinions, etc., by talking.
Archaic. to maintain a familiar association (usually followed by with).
Obsolete. to have sexual intercourse (usually followed by with).
familiar discourse or talk; conversation.
Origin of converse1
1300-50; Middle English conversen < Middle French converser < Latin conversārī to associate with. See con-, verse
Related forms
converser, noun
1. chat, discuss. See speak. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for conversed
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  • I conversed with several of the Bahai ladies, two of whom acted as instructors of the meeting.

    Bahaism and Its Claims Samuel Graham Wilson
  • "Pray be seated," said M. Bruno, indicating an arm-chair; and they conversed.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • This is the first possessed I ever saw in the course of my life, and the first time I ever conversed with a demon.

    The Visions of Quevedo Dom Francisco de Quevedo
  • I marvelled at the ease with which Mr. Rivers conversed in both Spanish and French.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • Yes, I have both seen and conversed with her, and until last night I knew where she was, but now I do not.

    Eveline Mandeville Alvin Addison
  • While on pilgrimage they conversed; when they had arrived, all converse ceased.

  • She conversed unreservedly; deplored the war, and wished it over.

    The Boys of '61 Charles Carleton Coffin.
  • Sir John paid a handsome tribute to your talents, as who with whom I conversed did not?

    The Story of My Life Egerton Ryerson
British Dictionary definitions for conversed


verb (kənˈvɜːs) (intransitive) often foll by with
to engage in conversation (with)
to commune spiritually (with)
  1. to associate; consort
  2. to have sexual intercourse
noun (ˈkɒnvɜːs)
conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
  1. fellowship or acquaintance
  2. sexual intercourse
Derived Forms
converser, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French converser, from Latin conversārī to keep company with, from conversāre to turn constantly, from vertere to turn


(prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
something that is opposite or contrary
  1. 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
  2. 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
(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
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conversus turned around; see converse1
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Word Origin and History for conversed



"to communicate (with)," 1590s; earlier "to move about, live, dwell" (mid-14c.), from Old French converser "to talk" (12c.), from Latin conversari (see conversation). Related: Conversed; conversing.


"exact opposite," 1560s, from Latin conversus "turn around," past participle of convertere "to turn about" (see convert). Originally mathematical. The noun is attested from 1550s in mathematics. Related: Conversely.

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