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converse

See also: conversé

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old French converser, from Latin conversare (live, have dealings with)

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converse (third-person singular simple present converses, present participle conversing, simple past and past participle conversed)

  1. (formal, intransitive) To talk; to engage in conversation.
    • Shakespeare
      Companions / That do converse and waste the time together.
    • Dryden
      We had conversed so often on that subject.
  2. To keep company; to hold intimate intercourse; to commune; followed by with.
    • Thomson
      To seek the distant hills, and there converse / With nature.
    • Sir Walter Scott
      Conversing with the world, we use the world's fashions.
    • Wordsworth
      But to converse with heaven — This is not easy.
  3. (obsolete) To have knowledge of (a thing), from long intercourse or study.
    • John Locke
      according as the objects they converse with afford greater or less variety
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NounEdit

converse (plural converses)

  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.

Etymology 2Edit

From Latin conversus (turned around), past participle of converto (turn about)

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AdjectiveEdit

converse (not comparable)

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

NounEdit

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.
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FrenchEdit

AdjectiveEdit

converse f

  1. feminine form of convers

VerbEdit

converse

  1. first-person singular present indicative of converser
  2. third-person singular present indicative of converser
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of converser
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of converser
  5. second-person singular imperative of converser

ItalianEdit

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converse

  1. third-person singular past historic of convergere

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LatinEdit

ParticipleEdit

converse

  1. vocative masculine singular of conversus

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

converse

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of conversar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of conversar
  3. first-person singular imperative of conversar
  4. third-person singular imperative of conversar

SpanishEdit

VerbEdit

converse

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of conversar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of conversar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of conversar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of conversar.