conversation

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

Essential Meaning of conversation

1 : an informal talk involving two people or a small group of people : the act of talking in an informal way a casual/telephone/private conversation He mentioned it during (the course of) our conversation. See More ExamplesDo you remember our conversation about that new movie? The conversation turned to music. = Music became the topic of the conversation. We got into a long conversation about his behavior. I had a nice conversation [=(less formally) chat] with your mother. They were engaged in a lengthy conversation about politics. It was so noisy that we could hardly carry on a conversation. [=talk] a perfect spot to hold a quiet conversation [=talk] She often strikes up conversations with strangers. [=she often talks to strangers] 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 "Where are you from?" he asked, trying to make conversation. [=start a conversation]Hide
2 : something that is similar to a spoken conversation We had a conversation by e-mail.

Full 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 email.
2 obsolete : conduct, behavior

Other Words from conversation

conversational \ ˌkän-​vər-​ˈsā-​shnəl How to pronounce conversation (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 The conversation, lightly edited for length and clarity, follows below. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 For more of the Boston bromance's tender conversation, including a comprehensive rundown of titles from Affleck's career, check out the video above. Rachel Schonberger, EW.com, 13 Jan. 2022 But before her departure, Roberts Parker also contributed heavily to the conversation, including speaking about a knitting community bond that transcends race and ethnic identities. Scott Talley, Freep.com, 7 Jan. 2022 Anyway, without further ado, here’s my conversation with Benjamin Cleary and Mahershala Ali. Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 Now is the time for open, honest conversation about cultural differences and expectations. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Jan. 2022 Our conversation, which took place over four days, was pocked with hours of silence. Gemma Sieff, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 In one scene in Jimmy Goldblum’s documentary about the Syrian architect Mohamad Hafez, Hafez initiates a difficult, even raw conversation with his mother about how their idea of home and family will never be the same after Syria’s civil war. Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker, 29 Dec. 2021 Then listeners are given a gift: the first public conversation between Hill and Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her in high school—allegations which Kavanaugh has denied. Eric Mcquade, The Atlantic, 27 Dec. 2021

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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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16 Jan 2022

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“Conversation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conversation. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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conversation

noun
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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