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[verb kuh n-vurs; noun kon-vurs]
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verb (used without object), con·versed, con·vers·ing.
  1. to talk informally with another or others; exchange views, opinions, etc., by talking.
  2. Archaic. to maintain a familiar association (usually followed by with).
  3. Obsolete. to have sexual intercourse (usually followed by with).
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  1. familiar discourse or talk; conversation.
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Origin of converse1

1300–50; Middle English conversen < Middle French converser < Latin conversārī to associate with. See con-, verse
Related formscon·vers·er, noun


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1. chat, discuss. See speak.


[adjective kuh n-vurs, kon-vurs; noun kon-vurs]
  1. opposite or contrary in direction, action, sequence, etc.; turned around.
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  1. something opposite or contrary.
  2. Logic.
    1. a proposition obtained from another proposition by conversion.
    2. the relation between two terms, one of which is related to the other in a given manner, as “younger than” to “older than.”
  3. 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.”
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Origin of converse2

1350–1400; Middle English convers (< Anglo-French) < Latin conversus past participle of convertere to turn around, equivalent to con- con- + vert- turn + -tus past participle suffix; see convert1
Related formscon·verse·ly [kuh n-vurs-lee, kon-vurs-] /kənˈvɜrs li, ˈkɒn vɜrs-/, adverb
Can be confusedconverse inverse obverse reverse


  1. Frederick Shep·herd [shep-erd] /ˈʃɛp ərd/, 1871–1940, U.S. composer.
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verb (kənˈvɜːs) (intr often foll by with)
  1. to engage in conversation (with)
  2. to commune spiritually (with)
  3. obsolete
    1. to associate; consort
    2. to have sexual intercourse
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noun (ˈkɒnvɜːs)
  1. conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
  2. obsolete
    1. fellowship or acquaintance
    2. sexual intercourse
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Derived Formsconverser, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Old French converser, from Latin conversārī to keep company with, from conversāre to turn constantly, from vertere to turn


  1. (prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
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  1. something that is opposite or contrary
  2. logic
    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
  3. 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
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin conversus turned around; see converse 1
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Word Origin and History for converse


"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.

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"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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