- 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
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- opposite or contrary in direction, action, sequence, etc.; turned around.
- something opposite or contrary.
- a proposition obtained from another proposition by conversion.
- 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 converse2
- Frederick Shep·herd [shep-erd] /ˈʃɛp ərd/, 1871–1940, U.S. composer.
Related Words for converseinverse, reverse, obverse, antithesis, counter, contrary, antipode, contra, commune, use, yak, chat, parley, chitchat, exchange, confer, discourse, rap, gab, speak
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Contemporary Examples of converse
And the converse, that the more likely an event, the less sure we are, also is true.A Doctor Explains Why Cruise Ships Should Be Banned
November 19, 2014
Which leads to the converse problem of treating children for disorders they do not have.Daydreaming Is Not a Disorder
October 4, 2014
The flip-phone seemed plenty smart enough for what he needed, that being to converse with somebody.Bill De Blasio’s Retro Values Are Back in Fashion
September 30, 2013
Converse had a contest this week to give away the pair of sneakers in the video to a lucky fan.Selena Gomez, Lil Wayne & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)
May 10, 2013
Just the way societies and individuals are currently beginning to converse across traditional borders, around the globe.Why Obama Will Address Israelis, Not Their Politicians
March 19, 2013
Historical Examples of converse
There, if it be your wish, I will propose you; messengers will be appointed to converse with you.
It is time now, I think, to test my theory by considering the converse of it.The Man Shakespeare
It was, indeed, necessary for me to converse by the medium of an interpreter.In the Heart of Vosges
The stone-breaker, who had not broken a fragment since we began to converse, then did as follows.The Uncommercial Traveller
The letters would rather warrant the converse of his statement.The Letters of Robert Burns
- to engage in conversation (with)
- to commune spiritually (with)
- to associate; consort
- to have sexual intercourse
- conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
- fellowship or acquaintance
- sexual intercourse
Word Origin for converse
- (prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
- something that is opposite or contrary
- 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
- 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
"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.