make conversation


: to say something in order to get a conversation started
"Where are you from?" he asked, trying to make conversation.

Examples of make conversation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some automakers are pushing the limits even more -- evolving conveyances into personal assistants that can keep tabs on our daily routines and make conversation on those lonely and tiresome drives home. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 21 Mar. 2024 In restaurants, servers would come over to coo at him and make conversation with us in the process, despite the language barrier. Emily Siner, NPR, 5 Mar. 2024 The chef has long since learned not to try to make conversation with my father. Han Ong, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 Some guests make conversation with Denis and get him a beer. The New Yorker, 2 Dec. 2021 Unlike Portia – the depressed 20-something-year-old assistant dragged along to Sicily with her boss Tanya McQuoid (Jennifer Coolidge) in the hit series’s second season — Richardson is earnest and engaged, eager to make conversation and not focus on herself. Brooke Lamantia, Harper's BAZAAR, 13 Dec. 2022 Zoox's vehicle seats four, with passengers facing each other to make conversation easier. Matt McFarland, CNN, 14 Dec. 2020 Designed to help navigate the many social situations, hidden rules and potential problems related to the holidays, the class includes discussions on how to make conversation with relatives and friends, tips for handling holiday parties and appropriate ways to give and receive gifts. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 1 Nov. 2021 Further attempts to make conversation and give her water backfired as Gaitan burst into tears on camera, apparently overcome with emotion over her terrifying ordeal. Fox News, 30 Sep. 2020

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“Make conversation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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