con·​ver·​sate | \ ˈkän-vər-ˌsāt How to pronounce conversate (audio) \
conversated; conversating; conversates

Definition of conversate

intransitive verb

: converse sense 1 "We're looking for a male companion," laughed her friend, who said her name was Darea, as two young men joined in the banter. "We pull a guy over and conversate."

Frequently Asked Questions About conversate

Is conversate a word?

Yes, conversate is definitely a word, in use in English for over 200 years. Many people find its informality grating, and most usage guides will caution against using it in any formal writing.

Is converse or conversate correct?

We define conversate as synonymous with converse; this does not, however, mean that the two words are interchangeable. Converse functions as a noun, adjective, and verb, and conversate is synonymous with only one sense of the verb use of converse ("to exchange thoughts and opinions in speech"). Furthermore, conversate is a nonstandard form, and widely frowned upon in formal writing.

Is conversate slang?

Slang is defined as "an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech." Nonstandard, on the other hand, is "not conforming in pronunciation, grammatical construction, idiom, or word choice to the usage generally characteristic of educated native speakers of a language." While there may be overlap between these two categories, we label conversate as nonstandard rather than slang.

First Known Use of conversate

1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for conversate

back-formation from conversation

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18 May 2020

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“Conversate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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