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 e-mail.
2 obsolete : conduct, behavior

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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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Recent Examples on the Web And a lot of the conversation around awards right now is probably in the pandemic because so many restaurants are struggling and a lot of them may not even survive. Justin Phillips,, "Food awards are here to stay — even amid a pandemic. Here's how they can be improved," 12 Oct. 2020 Her personal story also will be a frequent topic of conversation when Republicans are asking questions. Mark Sherman, Star Tribune, "Supreme Court pick Barrett draws on faith, family for Senate," 11 Oct. 2020 Third, wouldn’t this system limit Twitter and Facebook’s value as a real-time source of conversation, chilling speech and closing off public dialogue? Mike Ananny, Wired, "Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay," 9 Oct. 2020 But a slew of key issues have been left out of the conversation as absentee voting, COVID-19, health care and the pending Supreme Court faceoff have dominated the news. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "COVID-19 and health care have dominated the debates. But what about other key issues?," 9 Oct. 2020 These names have been the center of the conversation in pandemic investing: Zoom and Shopify. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "How MessageBird became a tricorn," 8 Oct. 2020 Toward the end of the conversation, Shapiro offered apologies for her comments. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "VIDEO: Professor shuts down student for pushing back on comments comparing Trump to Nazis," 8 Oct. 2020 Plants were the star of the conversation, but the daters had time to share their thoughts about quarantine. Damona Hoffman, Washington Post, "Date Lab: She suspected they had been on a date before," 8 Oct. 2020 Before the vote, most of the conversation revolved around the procedural nature of the repeal. Gustavo Solis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Did you know cross-dressing is outlawed in National City?," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Conversation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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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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