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Definitions for converse
kənˈvɜrs; ˈkɒn vɜrscon·verse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. converseadjective

    a proposition obtained by conversion

  2. converseadjective

    of words so related that one reverses the relation denoted by the other

    "`parental' and `filial' are converse terms"

  3. converse, reversed, transposedverb

    turned about in order or relation

    "transposed letters"

  4. converse, discourseverb

    carry on a conversation

Webster Dictionary

  1. Converseverb

    to keep company; to hold intimate intercourse; to commune; -- followed by with

    Etymology: [L. conversus, p. p. of convertere. See Convert.]

  2. Converseverb

    to engage in familiar colloquy; to interchange thoughts and opinions in a free, informal manner; to chat; -- followed by with before a person; by on, about, concerning, etc., before a thing

    Etymology: [L. conversus, p. p. of convertere. See Convert.]

  3. Converseverb

    to have knowledge of, from long intercourse or study; -- said of things

    Etymology: [L. conversus, p. p. of convertere. See Convert.]

  4. Conversenoun

    frequent intercourse; familiar communion; intimate association

    Etymology: [L. conversus, p. p. of convertere. See Convert.]

  5. Conversenoun

    familiar discourse; free interchange of thoughts or views; conversation; chat

    Etymology: [L. conversus, p. p. of convertere. See Convert.]

  6. Converseadjective

    turned about; reversed in order or relation; reciprocal; as, a converse proposition

    Etymology: [L. conversus, p. p. of convertere. See Convert.]

  7. Conversenoun

    a proposition which arises from interchanging the terms of another, as by putting the predicate for the subject, and the subject for the predicate; as, no virtue is vice, no vice is virtue

    Etymology: [L. conversus, p. p. of convertere. See Convert.]

  8. Conversenoun

    a proposition in which, after a conclusion from something supposed has been drawn, the order is inverted, making the conclusion the supposition or premises, what was first supposed becoming now the conclusion or inference. Thus, if two sides of a sides of a triangle are equal, the angles opposite the sides are equal; and the converse is true, i.e., if these angles are equal, the two sides are equal

    Etymology: [L. conversus, p. p. of convertere. See Convert.]


  1. Converse

    Converse is an American shoe company that has been making shoes, lifestyle fashion and athletic apparel since the early 20th century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Converse

    kon-vėrs′, v.i. to have intercourse: to talk familiarly.—n. Con′verse, familiar intercourse: conversation.—adj. Convers′able, disposed to converse: sociable.—adv. Convers′ably.—ns. Con′versance, Con′versancy, state of being conversant: familiarity.—adj. Con′versant, acquainted by study: familiar; (B.) walking or associating with.—n. Conversā′tion, intercourse: talk: familiar discourse; (B.) behaviour or deportment.—adj. Conversā′tional.—ns. Conversā′tionalist, Conversā′tionist, one who excels in conversation; Conversā′tionism, a colloquialism.—adj. Conver′sative, ready to talk. [Fr.,—L. conversāri, to live with—con, inten., and versāre, to turn much—vertĕre, to turn.]

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  1. Conserve

  2. Coveners

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of converse in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of converse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of converse in a Sentence

  1. Marvin Perkins:

    It's critical that we have healthy relationships with law enforcement and our community, protesting has its place, but after the protests, then what ? We got ta talk solutions and being able to sit down and converse with people who you may not agree with... If you don't have that, we'll never get to a place to where we can actually resolve the situations that we're facing as a community.

  2. J Danforth Quayle:

    I was recently on a tour of Latin America, and the only regret I have was that I didn't study Latin harder in school so I could converse with those people.

  3. James Fenimore Cooper:

    The American doctrinaire is the converse of the American demagogue, and, in this way, is scarcely less injurious to the public. The first deals in poetry, the last in cant. He is as much a visionary on one side, as the extreme theoretical democrat is a visionary on the other.

  4. Leonard Cohen:

    Seven to eleven is a huge chunk of life, full of dulling and forgetting. It is fabled that we slowly lose the gift of speech with animals, that birds no longer visit our windowsills to converse. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor themselves against wonder.

  5. Seneca:

    Live with men as if God saw you converse with God as if men heard you.

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    • A. moan
    • B. embark
    • C. adventure
    • D. depend

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