There are 2 definitions of converse in English:

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verb

Pronunciation: /kənˈvəːs
 
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[no object]
Engage in conversation: she was withdrawn and preoccupied, hardly able to converse with her mother
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  • It would be fair to say that, while we conversed amicably for what was a very long session, our views on international politics were not in accord.
  • As the lads chatted and conversed in overwhelmed joy, Maria sat in a plastic chair, near the corner of the room.
  • Speaking in one voice emphasises the importance of listening when conversing.
Synonyms
talk, speak, chat, have a conversation, have a talk, have a discussion, discourse; confer, parley, consult with each other; chatter, gossip
informal chew the fat, chew the rag, gab, jaw, powwow, have a confab
British informal natter, rabbit, witter, chunter
North American informal rap, shoot the breeze, shoot the bull
Australian/New Zealand informal mag
formal confabulate

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnvəːs
 
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Conversation: his converse at such seasons was always elevating [count noun]: it will be difficult in these converses not to talk of secular matter
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  • He was neither a wit nor a brilliant raconteur, neither well-read nor well-educated, and he made no great contribution to enlightened social converse.
  • With that he disappeared back into the kitchen and he heard the low tones of converse resume.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'live among, be familiar with'): from Old French converser, from Latin conversari 'keep company (with'), from con- 'with' + versare, frequentative of vertere 'to turn'. The current sense of the verb dates from the early 17th century.

Derivatives

converser

Pronunciation: /kənˈvəːsə/
noun
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  • She sat facing the space between the conversers pouring tea for them when their cups were empty.
  • He's not exactly the best converser in the world.
  • Her converser let out a quick breath, almost a scoff.

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There are 2 definitions of converse in English:

converse2

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnvəːs
 
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noun

1A situation, object, or statement that is the reverse of another or corresponds to it but with certain terms transposed: if spirituality is properly political, the converse is also true: politics is properly spiritual
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  • The present paper is concerned with the converse: situations in which actions influence the perception of stimuli.
  • They say politics makes strange bedfellows, but the converse may also be true.
  • Unfortunately for translators, and for readers of Goethe unfamiliar with German, the converse is also true: the poetry of the German language is of the essence of Goethe.
Synonyms
opposite, reverse, obverse, inverse, contrary, antithesis; other side of the coin; Italianper contra
informal flip side
1.1 Mathematics A theorem whose hypothesis and conclusion are the conclusion and hypothesis of another.
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  • Desargues's Theorem and its converse are of the first importance to mathematicians by reason of their complete generality.
  • The next year, Littlewood proved a profound converse of a famous theorem of Norwegian mathematician Abel on the summation of series.
  • A complete characterization of this quotient ring and a short proof of the converse can be found in.

adjective

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Having characteristics which are the reverse of something else already mentioned: the only mode of change will be the slow process of growth and the converse process of decay
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  • A converse prize for the most catastrophic failure to use force, leading to the greatest net detriment to the human condition, would also be interesting.
  • Books reify the converse trend - from private to public goods.
  • Nor do I think using the converse argument is a valid point.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin conversus 'turned about', past participle of convertere (see convert).

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