Conversation definition

kŏnvər-sāshən
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(obs.) Familiarity based on study or use.
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The exchange of thoughts and feelings by means of speech or sign language.

Gifted in the art of conversation.

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An instance of this.

Held a long conversation on the subject.

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The act or an instance of talking together.
  • Familiar talk; verbal exchange of ideas, opinions, etc.
  • An informal conference on a problem or area of interest by representatives of governments, factions, etc.
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The definition of a conversation is a sharing of thoughts and ideas.

An example of a conversation is two friends talking while having coffee together.

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(archaic) Manner of living; behavior.
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(computing) The protocol-based interaction between systems processing a transaction.
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(obs.) Social intercourse.
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Expression and exchange of individual ideas through talking with other people; also, a set instance or occasion of such talking. [from 16th c.]

I had an interesting conversation with Nicolas yesterday about how much he's getting paid.

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(fencing) The back-and-forth play of the blades in a bout.
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An ongoing email correspondence. See threaded email.
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1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 333.

The landlady therefore would by no means have admitted any conversation of a disreputable kind to pass under her roof.

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(nonstandard, intransitive) To engage in conversation (with).
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(archaic) Behaviour, the way one conducts oneself; a person's way of life. [from 14th c.]
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Sexual intercourse.
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make conversation
  • to engage in light, informal conversation, often, specif., out of mere politeness
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
conversation
Plural:
conversations

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of conversation

  • From Old French conversation, from Latin conversātiōnem, accusative singular of conversātiō (“conversation”), from conversor (“abide, keep company with”).

    From Wiktionary