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 Though Kerry has flatly denied that any such conversation took place, a group of Republican senators have asked the President to investigate the allegation. Tara Subramaniam, CNN, "The facts around leaked audio about John Kerry," 1 May 2021 That conversation with Zordich (who now coaches at Central Michigan), along with San Francisco's own evaluation, laid the groundwork for the selection of Thomas in the third round of the NFL draft, No. 102 overall. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Why Ambry Thomas' word-of-mouth from his former Michigan CB coach paid off big," 1 May 2021 Two years after starting a conversation about mental health, rapper Big Sean continues to champion wellness and mental stability. Editors, USA TODAY, "Georgia's COVID-19 rules, Israel mourning, Kentucky Derby: 5 things to know this weekend," 1 May 2021 Thursday morning, Biden's staff reached out for an initial conversation where Nehls shared his ideas to reduce the recidivism rate among former prisoners. Rebecca Kaplan, CBS News, "Some GOP lawmakers waited to talk with Biden after address — here's what they told him," 30 Apr. 2021 With most media availability being done on Zoom, there hasn’t been opportunity for much casual conversation since the Rangers moved into Globe Life Field. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "Evan Help Us: High-profile free agents, prospect promotions and where they fall in Rangers’ future plans," 30 Apr. 2021 Decker said the exhibition is a community effort to initiate a broader, long-term conversation -- and to lay the groundwork for developing more exhibitions and programs that capture ideas, stories and perspectives related to Black lives in Alaska. Anchorage Daily News, "Community collaboration enriches a new view of Black life in Alaska," 30 Apr. 2021 In a separate conversation, another Huntsville colleague referenced the same dessert. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Southern Food Draft: Did we build the perfect meat-and-three plates?," 30 Apr. 2021 Yet even a conversation about how grandparents might be overstepping, if the parents are brave enough to broach the subject, might not do much good, according to the Mott Poll. Robin Marantz Henig, The Atlantic, "Parents Set Rules for Their Kids. Grandparents Break Them.," 30 Apr. 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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4 May 2021

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“Conversation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 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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