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[v. kuh n-vurs; n. kon-vurs] /v. kənˈvɜrs; n. ˈkɒn vɜrs/
verb (used without object), conversed, conversing.
to talk informally with another or others; exchange views, opinions, etc., by talking.
Archaic. to maintain a familiar association (usually followed by with).
Obsolete. to have sexual intercourse (usually followed by with).
familiar discourse or talk; conversation.
1300-50; Middle English conversen < Middle French converser < Latin conversārī to associate with. See con-, verse
Related forms
converser, noun
1. chat, discuss. See speak. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conversing
  • And they are probably better at conversing with customers who are themselves adopting many of the same technologies.
  • He speaks in a slightly stiff, respectful manner that suggests that he's used to conversing with adults.
  • At big gatherings, he stands around conversing for a while, but sooner or later seeks out the piano and loses himself in music.
  • He took notes on his own thoughts while conversing with others.
  • People conversing in another language need to be aware of others and respectful of their feelings.
  • Bobby can often be found walking the neighborhood and conversing with the residents.
  • Then perhaps a serenade, conversing in language only a coyote clan can comprehend.
  • Counsel should avoid conversing with clients when the client is being addressed by the court.
British Dictionary definitions for conversing


verb (kənˈvɜːs) (intransitive) often foll by with
to engage in conversation (with)
to commune spiritually (with)
  1. to associate; consort
  2. to have sexual intercourse
noun (ˈkɒnvɜːs)
conversation (often in the phrase hold converse with)
  1. fellowship or acquaintance
  2. sexual intercourse
Derived Forms
converser, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French converser, from Latin conversārī to keep company with, from conversāre to turn constantly, from vertere to turn


(prenominal) reversed; opposite; contrary
something that is opposite or contrary
  1. a categorical proposition obtained from another by the transposition of subject and predicate, as no bad man is bald from no bald man is bad
  2. a proposition so derived, possibly by weakening a universal proposition to the corresponding particular, as some socialists are rich from all rich men are socialists
(logic, maths) a relation that holds between two relata only when a given relation holds between them in reverse order: thus father of is the converse of son of
Word Origin
C16: from Latin conversus turned around; see converse1
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Word Origin and History for conversing



"to communicate (with)," 1590s; earlier "to move about, live, dwell" (mid-14c.), from Old French converser "to talk" (12c.), from Latin conversari (see conversation). Related: Conversed; conversing.


"exact opposite," 1560s, from Latin conversus "turn around," past participle of convertere "to turn about" (see convert). Originally mathematical. The noun is attested from 1550s in mathematics. Related: Conversely.

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Encyclopedia Article for conversing


in logic, the proposition resulting from an interchange of subject and predicate with each other. Thus, the converse of "No man is a pencil" is "No pencil is a man." In traditional syllogistics, generally only E (universal negative) and I (particular affirmative) propositions yield a valid converse. The converse of a relation R is the relation S such that xSy (y has the relation S to x) if, and only if, yRx (x has the relation R to y). If a relation is identical to its converse, it is symmetric

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