(formal) To talk; to engage in conversation.
- Companions / That do converse and waste the time together.
To keep company; to hold intimate intercourse; to commune; followed by with .
- We had conversed so often on that subject.
* Sir Walter Scott
- To seek the distant hills, and there converse / With nature.
- Conversing with the world, we use the world's fashions.
(obsolete) To have knowledge of (a thing), from long intercourse or study.
* John Locke
- But to converse with heaven — This is not easy.
- according as the objects they converse with afford greater or less variety
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:
* 1919 , (Saki), ‘The Disappearance of Crispina Umerleigh’, The Toys of Peace'', Penguin 2000 (''Complete Short Stories ), p. 405:
- 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 [...].
- In a first-class carriage of a train speeding Balkanward across the flat, green Hungarian plain, two Britons sat in friendly, fitful converse .
Opposite; reversed in order or relation; reciprocal.
- a converse proposition
The opposite or reverse.
(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.
(British, slang) To run away; to flee; to escape.
* 1904 , John Coleman, Fifty years of an actors? life , Volume 1,
* 2001 , Ardal O'Hanlon, Knick Knack Paddy Whack ,
- Out went the lights, as he continued, "That sneak Whiskers have just blown the gaff to old Slow-Coach, and he'll be here in two two's to give you beans — so scarper', laddies — ' scarper ! "
* 2007 , , [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,2132043,00.html]
- The tramps scarpered', the street-traders pushing prams '''scarpered''', half of Dublin ' scarpered as if they all had something to hide.
- Helm writes: 'As if she were some street criminal, ready to scarper , Ruth's home was swooped upon by [Assistant Commissioner John] Yates's men and she was forced to dress in the presence of a female police officer.