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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web One such conversation happened in Newport News, Virginia, this week when a handful of Facebook users called out the city for merging July 4th and Juneteenth decorations. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 18 June 2022 Our encyclopedic host, Alexander Bachvarov, deftly shifted gears through the switchbacks as conversation flowed from the Bulgarian economy and pre-Egyptian alphabets to psychotherapy. Sarah Souli, Travel + Leisure, 18 June 2022 Bernard and the juror each denied any improper conversation, and the judge rejected the request. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 17 June 2022 The two Get Out costars reunited Thursday night at the Universal Cinema AMC at CityWalk Hollywood for an exclusive conversation for CultureCon, a conference dedicated to creatives of color. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 June 2022 Enter a conversation thinking about what the other person values. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Cuban has started a larger conversation about the medical industry via social media, where many fans and current customers share how this venture may disrupt the American healthcare system. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 17 June 2022 The deadly shooting led to vigils and protests around the country that continued for months and sparked a national conversation about racial profiling. Aaron Parsley,, 17 June 2022 After a brief conversation, Beckwith pulled out a revolver and fired twice as Shakier reversed away down the dead-end street, the records show; Beckwith then fired another four rounds, striking Shakier once in the head. oregonlive, 17 June 2022 See More

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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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“Conversation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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