con·​ver·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce conversation (audio) \

Definition of conversation

1a(1) : oral exchange of sentiments, observations, opinions, or ideas … we had talk enough but no conversation; there was nothing discussed.— Samuel Johnson
(2) : an instance of such exchange : talk a quiet conversation
b : an informal discussion of an issue by representatives of governments, institutions, or groups conversations among the senators
c : an exchange similar to conversation We had a conversation by e-mail.
2 obsolete : conduct, behavior

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Other Words from conversation

conversational \ ˌkän-​vər-​ˈsā-​shnəl How to pronounce conversational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
conversationally adverb

Examples of conversation in a Sentence

Do you remember our conversation about that new movie? We got into a long conversation about his behavior. They were engaged in a lengthy conversation about politics. The topic came up in conversation. They were so deep in conversation that they barely noticed me. He kept trying to engage me in conversation. She's skilled in the art of conversation. an interesting topic of conversation We had a conversation by e-mail.
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Recent Examples on the Web

Ter Stegen's performance back in Germany unsurprisingly prompted another conversation about who really is Die Mannschaft's best goalkeeper., "Twitter Reacts as Quality Marc-André ter Stegen Performance Reignites Germany National Team Debate," 17 Sep. 2019 The Dolphins have held numerous conversations with Dallas about Fitzpatrick and Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones, who is also on the trade block. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins trade DB Minkah Fitzpatrick to Steelers for first-round pick," 17 Sep. 2019 In Case 2000, prosecutors allege that a conversation recorded by one of Netanyahu’s close aides reveals the prime minister making a deal with Arnon Mozes, publisher of Israel’s most largely circulated newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth. Washington Post, "For Netanyahu, winning reelection could be the only way to avoid corruption charges," 18 Sep. 2019 In a separate letter, Cipollone said that Lewandowski, who never worked in the White House, should not reveal private conversations with Trump beyond what is in Mueller's report. Mary Clare Jalonick, Fortune, "Lewandowski to Testify at First Impeachment Hearing as Democrats Investigate Trump," 17 Sep. 2019 Klarides made her remarks on stage at the 41st annual Prescott Bush Awards dinner during a conversation with state Republican chairman J. R. Romano in front of 400 people at a Stamford hotel. Christopher Keating,, "GOP’s Themis Klarides on Gov. Lamont: ‘incompetent,' but ‘he’s not a jerk’ - Lamont says he opposes "poison'' in politics," 17 Sep. 2019 And on October 16, the Grammy Museum will host a special conversation and performance with Yola in Los Angeles. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Yola Brings Her Unapologetic Brand Of Black Beauty To Country Music," 17 Sep. 2019 The Sox provide daily conversation and connect generations., "“It will be the first time since 1983 that the name ‘Yastrzemski’ will be announced,’’ says Grandpa Yaz, now 80. “It’s definitely going to be emotional. To see him come into Fenway Park where I played for 23 years, to have his name announced, that will be a great thrill for me.’’," 17 Sep. 2019 In a separate letter, Cipollone said Lewandowski should not reveal private conversations with Trump beyond what is already public in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Mary Clare Jalonick, Anchorage Daily News, "White House orders 2 former aides to defy House subpoenas," 17 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of conversation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for conversation

Middle English conversacioun, from Anglo-French conversacion, from Latin conversation-, conversatio, from conversari to associate with, frequentative of convertere to turn around

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The first known use of conversation was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of conversation

: an informal talk involving two people or a small group of people : the act of talking in an informal way
: something that is similar to a spoken conversation


con·​ver·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce conversation (audio) \

Kids Definition of conversation

: a talk between two or more people : the act of talking

Other Words from conversation

conversational \ -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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involving a confidence or trust

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