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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Recent Examples on the Web

Unlike in Hamburg, Trump allowed no Cabinet officials or any aides to be in the room for that conversation. Greg Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump has concealed details of his face-to-face encounters with Putin from senior officials in administration," 13 Jan. 2019 Join our Facebook community for conversation and updates. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Obamacare sign-ups surge in final tally," 21 Dec. 2018 The images tell or imply a story, which becomes a starting point for conversation. Daniel Grant, WSJ, "He Sells His Paintings—From Fair to Fair," 25 Nov. 2018 In the days since Ford's story came out, the media has turned its attention to Georgetown Prep, and to conversations about the insular nature of elite institutions. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Everything We Know About Brett Kavanaugh's High School, Georgetown Prep," 27 Sep. 2018 Thanks to Sidra, Erin and Katherine for the very entertaining conversation, and to Brett Fuchs for engineering and mixing the episode. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Women Who Travel Podcast: Our Worst Airport Habits," 10 Sep. 2018 In conversation with Wully Struthers, a formerly homeless Pet Refuge service user, Meghan learned more about how the charity supports vulnerable people trying to keep their pets during tough times. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Falls in Love with Rescue Dogs at First Mayhew Engagement as Patron," 16 Jan. 2019 Steinvorth first traveled to Puerto Viejo 32 years ago after the tropical locale came up in conversation with one of her colleagues. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "An Artists’ Guide to the Paradisiacal Beach Town of Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica," 2 Jan. 2019 Appearing on our December/January cover, the tennis player shared in a conversation with Naomi Wadler. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Shade Inclusivity, Photoshop Bans, and Other Major Beauty Industry Wins in 2018," 27 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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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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