[verb kuhn-vurs; noun kon-vurs]

verb (used without object), con·versed, con·vers·ing.

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 converse

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

Synonyms for converse

1. chat, discuss. See speak.


[adjective kuh n-vurs, kon-vurs; noun kon-vurs]


opposite or contrary in direction, action, sequence, etc.; turned around.


something opposite or contrary.
  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.”
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.”

Origin of converse

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




Frederick Shep·herd [shep-erd] /ˈʃɛp ərd/, 1871–1940, U.S. composer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (kənˈvɜːs) (intr 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 Formsconverser, noun

Word Origin for converse

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 for converse

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.


"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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