conversation

noun

con·​ver·​sa·​tion ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce conversation (audio)
1
a(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
conversational 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Part of that research should usually include a visit to a franchise location in operation wherever possible, and should include a conversation with at least one existing franchisee and ideally several. Fiona Simpson, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 After some performances, the theater hosted a conversation with Holocaust survivor Gabriella Y. Karin. Carly Tagen-Dye, Peoplemag, 11 Feb. 2024 Speaking of Poor Things, the film’s best supporting actor nominee Mark Ruffalo will be at the Arlington on Sunday night for a career-retrospective conversation ahead of the presentation to him of the fest’s American Riviera Award. Scott Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Feb. 2024 Burns says the third type is also often the photo that leads to a conversation or connection. Jordyn Bradley, Fortune Well, 11 Feb. 2024 Peter’s parents, who do not speak English fluently, struggled to keep up with those conversations, or to take the kind of action that might have given them an outlet for their grief. Amy Qin, New York Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Our entire conversation had the cadence and zip of being four palomas deep with your favorite tias at a quinceañera or wedding. Alex Zaragoza, Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2024 Dinner conversation was abuzz with Lunar New Year plans and Gurung’s collection. Vogue, 10 Feb. 2024 Our conversation, edited for length and clarity, is below. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English conversacioun, from Anglo-French conversacion, from Latin conversation-, conversatio, from conversari to associate with, frequentative of convertere to turn around

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of conversation was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Conversation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conversation. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

conversation

noun
con·​ver·​sa·​tion ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce conversation (audio)
: talking or a talk between two or more people
conversational
-ˈsā-shnəl How to pronounce conversation (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective
conversationally
adverb

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