conversation

noun con·ver·sa·tion \ ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of conversation

1 obsolete :conduct, behavior
2 a (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.

conversational

play \ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

conversationally

adverb

Examples of conversation in a Sentence

  1. Do you remember our conversation about that new movie?

  2. We got into a long conversation about his behavior.

  3. They were engaged in a lengthy conversation about politics.

  4. The topic came up in conversation.

  5. They were so deep in conversation that they barely noticed me.

  6. He kept trying to engage me in conversation.

  7. She's skilled in the art of conversation.

  8. an interesting topic of conversation

  9. We had a conversation by e-mail.

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Origin and Etymology of conversation

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



CONVERSATION Defined for English Language Learners

conversation

noun

Definition of conversation for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CONVERSATION Defined for Kids

conversation

noun con·ver·sa·tion \ ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of conversation for Students

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

conversational

\-shə-nᵊl\ adjective


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