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 rest is noise: annoying DJ battles, Dracula passing gas, entire conversations that consist of nonsensical baby talk. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Monsters go on vacation in 'Hotel Transylvania 3'," 12 July 2018 Delta aims to have those personal interactions with about 20 travelers per flight, either in conversations or through postcards flight attendants can hand-deliver. Lauren Zumbach,, "From birthday wishes for passengers to tracking baggage handler injuries, airlines tap big data to try to improve operations," 12 July 2018 All of this would be recorded by a professional documentary film crew, so the conversations and exchange of viewpoints could be edited together for a Showtime series called Bridging The Divide. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Conservative Radio Host: How I Got Pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen," 12 July 2018 The conversation and other details of his confinement were cited by prosecutors in an unusual court filing on Wednesday aimed at convincing the judge to reject Manafort’s demand to delay his trial, now scheduled to begin July 25. Chris Megerian,, "Paul Manafort's VIP jail treatment: A private phone line, a laptop and his own shower," 11 July 2018 On a conference call this spring with colleagues, Harford, the company’s chief operating officer, critiqued a new ad that showed a mixed-race couple, said five people familiar with the conversation. Mike Isaac,, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 The conversation and other details of his confinement were cited by prosecutors in an unusual court filing on Wednesday aimed at convincing the judge to reject Manafort’s demand to delay his trial, now scheduled to begin July 25. Chris Megerian, Anchorage Daily News, "For Paul Manafort, an uncommonly comfortable life behind bars," 12 July 2018 Tune in for a conversation about that mysterious phone call with President Trump that led Pfizer’s CEO to, at least briefly, lower some drug prices. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "LISTEN: Trump’s telephonic prowess, Biogen’s mysterious future, & the rise of ‘hypelines’," 12 July 2018 Indeed, conversations with O’Rourke partisans often begin with Cruz. Kevin Diaz And Alejandra Matos, San Antonio Express-News, "O’Rourke vs. Cruz draws millions in contributions from outside of Texas," 11 July 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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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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