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converse

noun uk   /ˈkɒn.vɜːs/ /kənˈvɜːs/ us    /ˈkɑːn.vɝːs/ /kənˈvɝːs/
the converse [S] the opposite: In the US, you drive on the right-hand side of the road, but in Britain the converse applies. However, the converse of this theory may also be true.

converse

adjective uk   /ˈkɒn.vɜːs/ /kənˈvɜːs/ us    /ˈkɑːn.vɝːs/ /kənˈvɝːs/ formal
opposite: a converse effect/opinion/argument
conversely
adverb uk   /kənˈvɜːs.li/ /ˈkɒn.vɜːs-/ us    /kənˈvɝːs-/  /ˈkɑːn.vɝːs-/
in an opposite way

converse

verb [I] uk   /kənˈvɜːs/ us    /-ˈvɝːs/ formal
to have a conversation with someone: She's so shy that conversing with her can be quite difficult.
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