Main definitions of converse in English

: converse1converse2

converse1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Engage in conversation:

    ‘she was withdrawn and preoccupied, hardly able to converse with her mother’
    • ‘As the lads chatted and conversed in overwhelmed joy, Maria sat in a plastic chair, near the corner of the room.’
    • ‘As we stood there conversing in this manner, a crowd gathered around to listen.’
    • ‘The lounge had a welcoming, roaring fire and the notes of the piano rose above the sound of guests conversing over Martinis.’
    • ‘You know, just by conversing, you can really learn a lot about a person.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Speaking in one voice emphasises the importance of listening when conversing.’
    • ‘There is a lack of basic etiquette while conversing over mobile phones.’
    • ‘They were, as usual, conversing loudly, but I somehow managed to drown them out in my sleep.’
    • ‘The least we all can do is to keep observing, thinking and conversing.’
    • ‘After conversing quite frequently for a few more days, Mark sent a missive requesting we meet up for a few beers with his man.’
    • ‘Tom said that he came across the idea while conversing with Fred at his door.’
    • ‘He'd seated himself at our table conversing with some of the revelers when I joined the group.’
    • ‘For the two weeks we were there, it seemed like we were constantly conversing.’
    • ‘The rain thundered down for the rest of our meal, and we had to stay in the garage conversing in shouts and sitting in near darkness.’
    • ‘Ten minutes later while I was conversing with my client, I felt a tap on my shoulder.’
    • ‘We had no trouble conversing with one another and before I knew it we were at the restaurant.’
    • ‘Soon millions of people were conversing across the oceans, often without knowing it.’
    • ‘It was a social evening with a high turnout of regulars mixing, mingling and conversing.’
    • ‘So there we were, none of us native French speakers, conversing in the one non-native language which we all shared.’
    • ‘I ate lunch with them daily as we conversed about various issues occurring in the United States.’
    talk, speak, chat, have a conversation, have a talk, have a discussion, discourse
    confer, parley, consult with each other
    chatter, gossip
    chew the fat, chew the rag, gab, jaw, powwow, have a confab
    natter, rabbit, witter, chunter
    rap, shoot the breeze, shoot the bull
    conversate
    mag
    confabulate
    View synonyms

noun

archaic
  • [mass noun] Conversation:

    ‘his converse at such seasons was always elevating’
    [count noun] ‘it will be difficult in these converses not to talk of secular matter’
    • ‘With that he disappeared back into the kitchen and he heard the low tones of converse resume.’
    • ‘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.’

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.

Pronunciation:

converse

/kənˈvəːs/

Main definitions of converse in English

: converse1converse2

converse2

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’
    • ‘The converse held true for two additional teaching methods, designing/revising a course and preparing effective lesson plans.’
    • ‘It is healthy for democracy, though the converse is also true; over-concentration of ownership in too few hands is bad for democracy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The converse may well be true - wrongdoing on the part of the recipient may strengthen a claim for relief - but it does not follow that the absence of wrongdoing means that an injunction should not be granted.’
    • ‘Our interest in this problem began with the search for a converse to this statement.’
    • ‘It's actually a bit more complex than that because moral facts are partly dependent on physical facts, but the converse is not true.’
    • ‘The converse is true: When a robot is particularly unhumanoid, we seem to find it all the more ‘alive’.’
    • ‘It is easy to understand the strong feelings of smokers who feel victimized by the anti-smoking sentiments of the majority, sadly the converse is not true.’
    • ‘But, then, the converse is also true: the Irish were good to America.’
    • ‘They say politics makes strange bedfellows, but the converse may also be true.’
    • ‘Clearly, there are people who are happier looking at the history of astrology and the philosophy behind it than actually sitting down with clients and doing charts - and people for whom the converse is true.’
    • ‘Then, I realized, the converse must also be true: Whatever I don't have, I don't need.’
    • ‘But the converse can be true, as well: Sport sometimes puts supposedly life-and-death matters in perspective.’
    • ‘The converse is also true: An unstable East Timor would be detrimental to Indonesia.’
    • ‘The converse is equally true: the Divine draws on the frameworks familiar to each individual in calling him or her toward itself.’
    • ‘Importantly, however, the converse does not hold true.’
    • ‘For example, it is possible for a female spectator to be addressed, as it were, ‘in the masculine’, and the converse is presumably also true.’
    • ‘The present paper is concerned with the converse: situations in which actions influence the perception of stimuli.’
    • ‘The converse is also true: when we do not understand how our mind works, the practice becomes difficult, if not impossible.’
    • ‘But the converse is also true: a single physiological experience may be symptomatic of a number of different emotions.’
    opposite, reverse, obverse, inverse, contrary, antithesis
    other side of the coin
    per contra
    flip side
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Mathematics A theorem whose hypothesis and conclusion are the conclusion and hypothesis of another.
      • ‘The converse is also true, i.e. that every rational number has a decimal fraction that either stops or eventually repeats the same cycle of digits over and over again for ever.’
      • ‘It was first proved by Lagrange in 1773 who showed that the converse is true.’
      • ‘A complete characterization of this quotient ring and a short proof of the converse can be found in.’
      • ‘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.’

adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘Obviously, the converse position also applies in that during a downturn in investment markets the impact is felt directly in terms of a reduction in the value of the retirement account.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nor do I think using the converse argument is a valid point.’
    • ‘Books reify the converse trend - from private to public goods.’
    • ‘In his intense scrutiny of the politics adhering to various forms, Benjamin shows a converse sensitivity to initial conditions.’
    • ‘He also notes the converse responsibility of policy makers to provide clear and unambiguous requirements to the intelligence community.’
    • ‘His manager, too, appreciates the benefits of cups spilling over into the league and used a converse example to make his point.’
    • ‘The obvious converse question is what do you achieve by legalising it?’
    • ‘The converse question is, what do we sacrifice by adopting the death penalty?’
    • ‘Apart from the applied fisheries literature, the converse link between adults and the production of cohorts of recruits has received much less attention.’
    • ‘As a result, any resolution of this debate will be open to the charge that it goes too far - as well as the converse charge that it does not go far enough.’
    • ‘Some theorists have suggested that drug policy should drive the law rather than the converse strategy in place.’
    • ‘Most restaurants and farms have converse hours.’
    • ‘On the converse side, I know a girl who is so cripplingly insecure with such a fixed negative self image that she soon brings most other people around her to seeing her as she sees herself.’
    • ‘The converse case, in which we encounter humanlike brains and retinas but find no verbal behavior, is the situation we encounter in the question of animal consciousness.’
    • ‘There is a converse relationship in the emphasis of the articles between the French Quebec and the English-language papers.’
    • ‘A similar point can be made in converse fashion.’
    • ‘The converse proposition is that if priority is given in that tension to ensuring that people are not out-of-pocket, all sorts of meritorious cases might not get to court.’
    • ‘Evidence exists that weight gain increases cancer risk, but the converse proposition that weight loss would reduce risk of the disease has not been confirmed.’
    • ‘The two devices then perform the converse operation.’
    opposite, opposing, contrary, counter, antithetical
    clashing, incompatible, in disagreement, disagreeing, conflicting, differing
    reverse, obverse, inverse
    View synonyms

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

converse

/kənˈvəːs/