conversation

noun
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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The video above shows a tense conversation between the pair, and the sneak peek photos from CBS suggest something even more serious. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘NCIS’ Is Introducing a Controversial Guest Star Who's Trying to Arrest Torres and McGee," 8 Jan. 2019 Vegans of color bring a conversation and awareness around food access and racial justice to the movement that currently does not exists. Amy Quichiz, SELF, "10 Vegans of Color on What Being Vegan Means to Them," 6 Jan. 2019 Valente turned it into an excellent pun after a conversation about Eurovision. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 Maddie got to see Mackenzie practice her routine and the two of them had a super emotional conversation about Mackenzie's journey and how Maddie has helped her over the years. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Maddie and Mackenzie Ziegler Dance Together On "DWTS: Juniors" and It’s Like a “Dance Moms” Flashback," 19 Nov. 2018 Here, our group eased into conversation about past travels, in the way strangers on the same itinerary do in order to take the measure of each other’s mettle. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 2018 After a very fruitful conversation, Mayor Winthrop invited them to present their ideas to the Cliff Walk Commission on September 28th. Fox News, "Rhode Island police shut down kids' lemonade stand, citing city ordinance concerning commercial vendors," 2 Oct. 2018 In conversation, Lebermann has a habit of hanging back and taking things in before responding. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, "How an Abandoned Texas Home Is Restored Into an Ethereal Country Getaway," 20 Sep. 2018 But five conversations in particular really stuck out to me. Sean Illing, Vox, "Here are the 5 most interesting conversations I had in 2018," 26 Dec. 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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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 \

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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