Meaning of CONVERSE in English


I. con ‧ verse 1 /kənˈvɜːs $ -ˈvɜːrs/ BrE AmE verb [intransitive] formal

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: converser , from Latin conversari 'to live with, be with' , from convertere ; ⇨ ↑ convert 1 ]

to have a conversation with someone SYN talk

converse with

She enjoyed the chance to converse with another French speaker.

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■ to talk about everyday things

▪ have a conversation to talk to someone for a long time about everyday things:

She was having a conversation with one of her friends.


When I arrived, Joe and Jane were deep in conversation (=very involved in a conversation) .


I can order food in a restaurant in French, but not have a conversation.

▪ chat/have a chat informal to have a friendly informal conversation about things that are not very important:

The girls were chatting outside the house.


It’s been nice having a chat with you.

▪ gossip to talk about other people’s private lives when they are not there, especially about things that you have heard, which are not completely true:

What are you two gossiping about?

▪ visit with somebody American English informal to have a conversation with someone:

I visited with him last week.

▪ converse formal to have a conversation with someone:

We met once and conversed briefly.

II. con ‧ verse 2 /ˈkɒnvɜːs $ ˈkɑːnvɜːrs/ BrE AmE noun formal

the converse the converse of a fact, word, statement etc is the opposite of it:

Some teachers welcomed the change; but for the majority of teachers, the converse was true.

III. con ‧ verse 3 AC /ˈkɒnvɜːs $ kənˈvɜːrs/ BrE AmE adjective formal

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: past participle of convertere ; ⇨ ↑ convert 1 ]


a converse example

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