conversation

noun
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

The fact is, there are so many different ways to have fruitful conversations around consent that don't require engaging in capitalism. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "We Need to Talk About “Consent Condoms,” and Why They Don’t Work," 11 Apr. 2019 Lydia Fenet is in conversation with Uma Thurman, Thursday April 11, at the 92nd St Y in New York. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Lydia Fenet Knows How to Command the Room," 9 Apr. 2019 Speaking to a panel of leaders from a wide variety of organizations, Harry engaged in conversation about ways charities can come together to offer more support for young people. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Talks Babies, Fortnite, and the Dark Side of Social Media," 3 Apr. 2019 Whether you’re interested in science or politics or philosophy, there’s something in these conversations for you. Sean Illing, Vox, "Here are the 5 most interesting conversations I had in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Architects are centering the conversation about equity on housing—and leaders in government are, too. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How cities became more equitable in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Trump told Kelly, according to one person familiar with the conversation. Aaron Rupar, Vox, "Melania Trump publicly demanded a top NSC aide’s firing — and reportedly got it," 13 Nov. 2018 Since most designers refused to dress Melania for strictly political reasons, Ford's statement adds a totally different perspective to the conversation. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Tom Ford Addresses Rumors That He Called Melania Trump a "Glorified Escort"," 20 Mar. 2019 While women’s workspaces are a growing phenomenon across the U.S., what sets The AllBright apart from competitors including the Jane Club and The Wing, is having men contribute to the conversation. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Career Club Is the Global Sisterhood You've Always Wanted," 11 Feb. 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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conversation

noun

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

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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