[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.

Nearby words

  1. conversational,
  2. conversational implicature,
  3. conversational quality,
  4. conversationalist,
  5. conversazione,
  6. converse, frederick shepherd,
  7. conversely,
  8. conversion,
  9. conversion disorder,
  10. conversion ratio

Origin of converse

1300–50; Middle English conversen < Middle French converser < Latin conversārī to associate with. See con-, verse

Related formscon·vers·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for conversed



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 conversed
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