see also: Converse
  • (RP) IPA: /kənˈvɜːs/
  • (America) enPR: kənvûrs', IPA: /kənˈvɝs/

converse (converses, present participle conversing; past and past participle conversed)

  1. (formal, intransitive) to talk; to engage in conversation
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iv]:
    • We had conversed so often on that subject.
  2. to keep company; to hold intimate intercourse; to commune; followed by with
    • 1727, James Thomson, Summer
      To seek the distant hills, and there converse
      With nature.
    • 1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe; a Romance. [...] In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Hurst, Robinson, and Co. […], OCLC 230694662 ↗:
    • But to converse with heaven — This is not easy.
  3. (obsolete) to have knowledge of (a thing), from long intercourse or study
    • 1689-1690, John Locke, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding Book II
      according as the objects they converse with afford greater or less variety
Translations Noun


  1. (now literary) familiar discourse; free interchange of thoughts or views; conversation; chat.
    • 1728, Edward Young, Love of Fame, the Universal Passion, Satire V, On Women, lines 44-46:
      Twice ere the sun descends, with zeal inspir'd, / From the vain converse of the world retir'd, / She reads the psalms and chapters for the day […]
    • 1919, Saki, ‘The Disappearance of Crispina Umerleigh’, The Toys of Peace, Penguin 2000 (Complete Short Stories), p. 405:
      In a first-class carriage of a train speeding Balkanward across the flat, green Hungarian plain, two Britons sat in friendly, fitful converse.
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒnvɜːs/
  • (America) enPR: kŏn'vûrs, IPA: /ˈkɑnvɝs/

converse (not comparable)

  1. opposite; reversed in order or relation; reciprocal
    a converse proposition

converse (plural converses)

  1. the opposite or reverse
  2. (logic) of a proposition or theorem of the form: given that "If A is true, then B is true", then "If B is true, then A is true."
    equivalently: given that "All Xs are Ys", then "All Ys are Xs".
    All trees are plants, but the converse, that all plants are trees, is not true.
  3. (semantics) one of a pair of terms that name or describe a relationship from opposite perspectives; converse antonym; relational antonym
Translations Translations
Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. An athletic shoe or other piece of athletic gear of an American-based brand of that name.

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