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converse 1

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Pronunciation: /kənˈvəːs/
[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Engage in conversation: she was withdrawn and preoccupied, hardly able to converse with her mother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.
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


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.


Pronunciation: /kənˈvəːsə/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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.

Words that rhyme with converse

amerce, asperse, averse, biodiverse, burse, coerce, curse, diverse, Erse, hearse, immerse, intersperse, nurse, perse, perverse, purse, reimburse, submerse, terce, terse, transverse, verse, worse
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converse 2 Line breaks: con|verse
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒnvəːs/


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.
opposite, reverse, obverse, inverse, contrary, antithesis;
other side of the coin;
Italian per 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.


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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.
opposite, opposing, contrary, counter, antithetical;
clashing, incompatible, in disagreement, disagreeing, conflicting, differing;
reverse, obverse, inverse


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

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