conversation

noun
con·​ver·​sa·​tion | \ ˌkän-vər-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce conversation (audio) \

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 How to pronounce conversational (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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Since most designers refused to dress Melania for strictly political reasons, Ford's statement adds a totally different perspective to the conversation. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Tom Ford Addresses Rumors That He Called Melania Trump a "Glorified Escort"," 20 Mar. 2019 While women’s workspaces are a growing phenomenon across the U.S., what sets The AllBright apart from competitors including the Jane Club and The Wing, is having men contribute to the conversation. Prue Lewington, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Career Club Is the Global Sisterhood You've Always Wanted," 11 Feb. 2019 Saru's discovery of his people's misplaced faith brings and extra-dimension to the conversation. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Is All About Friendship and Death This Week," 8 Feb. 2019 Friday, WikiLeaks said the indictment made no reference to specific conversations between Messrs. Stone and Assange. Shelby Holliday, WSJ, "Trump Adviser Roger Stone Charged as Part of Mueller Investigation," 25 Jan. 2019 Maybe all of you over there lay off the booze and pay attention to the real conversation that took place? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Stick by Ellen Pompeo After "Lay Off the Booze" Tweet Goes Viral," 11 Dec. 2018 And as Shipp noted, this isn't the first time the Queen has subtly made her thoughts known on the conversation surrounding Brexit. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Makes a Plea for Respect Amid the Ongoing Brexit Debate," 24 Jan. 2019 Black women writers are rarely centered in a lot of the conversations. Eric Ginsburg, Teen Vogue, "These Heroes Are Saving Black Feminist Classics by Putting Them on Wheels," 8 Jan. 2019 Tom Hanks joined in on the conversation, talking to the BBC's Chris Evans about the emotional plot. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Toy Story 4"," 13 Nov. 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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conversation

noun

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

conversation

noun
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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