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 But the conversation on affordability is often sidelined, according to Karen Mossberger, director of the school of public affairs at Arizona State University who studies digital inequality. Megan Taros, The Arizona Republic, "The pandemic uncovered south Phoenix's digital divide. Here's how the city wants to forge a permanent fix," 21 Nov. 2020 The conversation with Frans Timmermans, the European Commission’s executive vice-president for the European Green Deal, and Stavros Lambrinidis, the EU ambassador to the U.S. had to be awkward. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy: Left wing risks overreach in swaying Biden staff picks," 20 Nov. 2020 To be clear, the company isn’t a typical unicorn: The company has yet to consummate a deal that would value it at over $1 billion, and whether a conversation turns into a full deal is yet to be seen. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "An unminted Black unicorn," 20 Nov. 2020 The quarterback has entered the MVP conversation with 26 touchdowns compared to three interceptions. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "NFL Week 11 picks: Colts vs. Packers divides the experts," 20 Nov. 2020 The conversation in Baltimore seemed almost a microcosm of the nationwide debate. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Baltimore Museum of Art director Chris Bedford tries to change the world. So why does he make some people so angry?," 20 Nov. 2020 In the following conversation, Times critic Justin Chang and columnist Glenn Whipp highlight some of the upcoming releases most worth anticipating, and celebrate a few other reasons to be optimistic as the year heads toward its finish line., "Holiday streaming: Movies, TV to watch this holiday season," 20 Nov. 2020 And get the conversation going on Twitter @SportsFanCoach1. Mike Bass, The Enquirer, "Column: Sports parent berates young official … until discovering the replacement," 20 Nov. 2020 Who to start: Nine rushing touchdowns in eight games keeps Cam Newton (NE) afloat in the streaming conversation. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fantasy Football Week 11: Start and Sit," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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23 Nov 2020

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“Conversation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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