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 dinner conversation centered on persuading the countries to move their Israel embassies to Jerusalem, according to interviews with two guests. Washington Post, "How U.S. apathy helped kill a pioneering anticorruption campaign in Guatemala," 14 June 2019 Gordon improved his offensive efficiency — both in his range shooting and in his passing — and further cemented himself in the conversation as one of the league’s better two-way players. Roy Parry,, "Magic’s Aaron Gordon took big step as play-maker this season," 13 June 2019 Uruguay and aforementioned Colombia could sneak in the conversation as two-time defending champions Chile trail behind. 5. Juan Pimiento,, "USWNT's historic debut, Hazard's arrival and the best of the week in soccer," 13 June 2019 And lists are made to start conversations, increase page views and maybe add a few subscribers. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Is Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones among the top 50 NFL players?," 13 June 2019 After days of visits with town elders, seeking their blessings to hold this conversation with outsiders and media, Wakolee sat holding a microphone. Anchorage Daily News, "Discussing Alaska’s history of sexual violence is one step toward seeking solutions," 11 June 2019 The involvement of prominent leaders in the conversation, particularly Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, who believes only men should preach on Sundays, has been noteworthy., "Southern Baptists discuss whether one woman can preach," 9 June 2019 The game has only been available to purchase in Japan, but conversations have been underway since 2017 to bring the game to Xbox players in the West, Spencer said. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Phantasy Star 2 is coming to the Xbox One for free next year," 9 June 2019 After a series of phone calls and heated conversations, Schreiner was taken through the gift shop to the front of the airport. Peter Prengaman, Fox News, "'I'm an American': Deported adoptee struggles in Brazil," 5 June 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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to take the place or position of

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