con·​ver·​sa·​tion | \ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shən \

Definition of conversation 

1 obsolete : conduct, behavior

2a(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.

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Other Words from conversation

conversational \ ˌkän-​vər-​ˈsā-​shnəl , -​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

During these conversations, Jeffrey Clark defended Robert Bowers’ killings at the Tree-of-Life Synagogue. Michael Kunzelman, The Seattle Times, "Man tied to synagogue shooting suspect arrested," 14 Nov. 2018 Saarinen would use models as a conversation focus in his office, according to design historian Donald Albrecht. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Why Eero Saarinen’s ‘50s office was a breeding ground for modernist design," 8 Nov. 2018 Thanks to Jordi and Laura for the first-hand advice and lively conversation. Condé Nast Traveler, "Two Super-Travelers on Everywhere They Went While Pregnant," 5 Nov. 2018 The session, The Art of Storytelling, saw the pair lead a conversation together on the topic of public speaking, philanthropy, activism and entrepreneurship. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Serena Williams Walked the Red Carpet With Her Ex-Boyfriend For a Great Reason," 31 Oct. 2018 Kate and Rebecca actually have normal conversation—no passive aggression here—and there's something very pure and easy about the way these two women speak on the phone. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is Us Episode Recaps," 31 Oct. 2018 Instead of shooting questions at your date, ask them one and then let a conversation build from there. Seventeen, "7 Tips to Rock Your First Date!," 30 Oct. 2018 This is a conversation the industry has been having for a while now. Deborah Evans Price, Redbook, "Carrie Underwood Opens Up Post-Injury: "Now I'm Stronger Than Ever"," 2 Aug. 2018 Always as cool in conversation as when pulling up for a 3-pointer. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Diana Taurasi Still Putting On Shows In Connecticut," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of conversation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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 \

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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