converse

Converse is a more formal way of saying "carry on a conversation." You could converse with your best friend for hours over lunch, but continue the chit-chat through the afternoon matinee and you might get shushed.

Oddly enough, converse was originally a verb meaning “to move about, live or dwell” when it first came into existence in the mid 14th century. But today we only use converse to talk about, well, talking. Quipped the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, “When marrying, one should ask oneself this question: Do you believe that you will be able to converse well with this woman into your old age?” A good question for marrying men and women!

Definitions of converse
  1. verb
    carry on a conversation
    synonyms: discourse
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    argue, contend, debate, fence
    have an argument about something
    interview, question
    conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
    interview
    discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation
    interview
    go for an interview in the hope of being hired
    chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
    stickle
    dispute or argue stubbornly (especially minor points)
    spar
    fight verbally
    bicker, brabble, niggle, pettifog, quibble, squabble
    argue over petty things
    altercate, argufy, dispute, quarrel, scrap
    have a disagreement over something
    oppose
    be against; express opposition to
    jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
    talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
    type of:
    speak, talk
    exchange thoughts; talk with
  2. adjective
    turned about in order or relation
    synonyms: reversed, transposed
    backward
    directed or facing toward the back or rear
  3. adjective
    of words so related that one reverses the relation denoted by the other
    “`parental' and `filial' are converse terms”
    Synonyms:
    antonymous
    of words: having opposite meanings
  4. noun
    a proposition obtained by conversion
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    proposition
    (logic) a statement that affirms or denies something and is either true or false
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