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Examples of conversant in a Sentence
She's conversant in several languages.
a world traveler who is highly conversant with the customs of foreign cultures
Recent Examples of conversant from the Web
Maybe someone like the Neighborhood's Jesse Rutherford is something of a reference here: a rocker conversant in hip-hop and R&B aesthetics, with a distinctive vocal style that appeals to all sides in any setting.
The ideal candidate will be deeply conversant with science and technology and can independently research complex technical issues.
Tellingly, few websites venture beyond English, a language in which perhaps only one in ten are conversant and which is preferred by the economic elite.
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Comey repeated his interpretation throughout the hearing, during which the former director was in a relatively loose, conversant mood.
One of the biggest challenges was finding a priest conversant in sign language and familiar with the deaf culture.
James is 25 and is conversant almost solely in the insanely labyrinthine plots of the show, which delivers some bizarre messages.
How is the market: Your broker should be conversant with the market in which your building competes, the trends up or down and the prospects for the next six months.
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Did You Know?
The adjectives "conversant" and "conversational" are related; both are descendants of Latin conversari, meaning "to associate with." The earliest English meaning of "conversant" in the 1300s was simply "having familiar association." One way to associate with others is to have a conversation with them - in other words, to talk. For a short time in the 19th century "conversant" could mean "relating to or suggesting conversation," but for the most part that meaning stayed with "conversational" while "conversant" went in a different direction. Today, "conversant" is sometimes used, especially in the United States, with the meaning "able to talk in a foreign language," as in "she is conversant in several languages," but it is more often associated with knowledge or familiarity, as in "conversant with the issues."
at home, in the know;
CONVERSANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of conversant for English Language Learners
: able to talk in a foreign language
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