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 email.
2 obsolete : conduct, behavior

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Other Words from conversation

conversational \ ˌkän-​vər-​ˈsā-​shnəl How to pronounce conversation (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 In a November 2020 op-ed in the New York Times, Meghan shared a candid account of her experience and encouraged a more open conversation around pregnancy loss. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Is Pregnant With Her Second Child," 14 Feb. 2021 The six-term legislator from Washington State—presumably frustrated with the reluctance of Senate Democrats to call witnesses—recounted a conversation that House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy had described to her. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Botched Democratic Effort to Convict Donald Trump," 13 Feb. 2021 Shortly after that conversation, Weaver had a heart attack - at least, that’s what friends were told- and went on medical leave. Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "The fall of John Weaver, a Lincoln Project co-founder whose political career was shrouded in mystery," 13 Feb. 2021 The vote was 55-45, and came somewhat out of the blue after a GOP congresswoman recounted a conversation during the Jan. 6 riot in which Trump rebuffed the House Republican leader’s pleas to intervene. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Watch live: Senate votes to consider calling witnesses at Trump impeachment trial," 13 Feb. 2021 The same day, the Lincoln Project tweeted out screenshots of a conversation that appeared to be between co-founder Jennifer Horn and 19th News journalist Amanda Becker. Jake Dima, Washington Examiner, "Lincoln Project employees demand release from NDAs following sexual abuse allegations against co-founder," 12 Feb. 2021 But the season for conversation, and learning, and processing has come to a close. Alberthe Buabeng, Good Housekeeping, "Interior Designer Alberthe Buabeng Explains Why Now's the Time for a More Inclusive Industry," 11 Feb. 2021 And maybe that’s why this conversation has to feel like that as well. New York Times, "A Vision of Asian-American Cinema That Questions the Very Premise," 11 Feb. 2021 Another treat that people want to friendzone: conversation hearts. Leah Rocketto, Woman's Day, "This Map Shows America’s Most Popular Valentine’s Day Candies by State," 9 Feb. 2021

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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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21 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Conversation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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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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