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Definition of converse verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

converse1

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kənˈvɜːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɜːrs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they converse
BrE BrE//kənˈvɜːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɜːrs//
 
he / she / it converses
BrE BrE//kənˈvɜːsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɜːrsɪz//
 
past simple conversed
BrE BrE//kənˈvɜːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɜːrst//
 
past participle conversed
BrE BrE//kənˈvɜːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɜːrst//
 
-ing form conversing
BrE BrE//kənˈvɜːsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈvɜːrsɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] converse (with somebody) (formal) to have a conversation with somebody She conversed with the Romanians in French. The two men were conversing on music and opera. More Like This Pronunciation changes by part of speech abuse, alternate, advocate, approximate, contract, converse, convict, decrease, delegate, discount, duplicate, estimate, export, extract, graduate, import, intimate, moderate, object, permit, present, protest, record, refund, refuse, subject, suspect, survey, torment, upgradeSee worksheet. Word 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 cent.
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