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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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 Find More Discussions Share Share this discussion on Twitter Facebook Sort by Newest Best Newest Oldest Start the discussion… in this conversation⬇ Drag and drop your images here to upload them. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "David Nail & the Well Ravens Premiere 'Heavy' Video, Talk Evolving Idea of Success," 13 July 2018 The Magic did talk directly with Thomas and his agent, but from the team’s perspective, those conversations were exploratory in nature. Josh Robbins,, "Magic Mailbag: What’s the deal with Orlando’s point guard situation?," 12 July 2018 Mouncastle's bat will keep him in the conversation for a call-up no matter what. Jon Meoli,, "One for the future: Evaluating Orioles prospect Ryan Mountcastle," 10 July 2018 The impulse to check your phone at a stoplight is no different than the impulse to check it in the Starbucks line, or on the toilet, or in the elevator, or during a lull in conversation. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Driving Without a Smartphone," 10 July 2018 For those wanting to imbibe and engage in conversation, there's a space with couches toward the entrance. Michelle L. Quinn, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Zodiac Lounge in Crown Point," 6 July 2018 In a conversation with The Chronicle’s editorial board, Bonner expressed hope that a plan to retest the 500-acre Superfund site for toxic materials would dissipate some of the uncertainty about the city’s largest redevelopment. J.k. Dineen,, "Building paused as questions linger over contamination at SF’s Hunters Point," 28 June 2018 The American people deserve a voice in that conversation. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "McConnell Argues Against Confirming New Justice This Year (If It Were 2016)," 27 June 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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