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[ kuhn-vur-suhnt, kon-ver- ]


  1. familiar by use or study (usually followed by with ):

    conversant with Spanish history.

    Synonyms: skilled, learned, versed, proficient, well-informed, practiced

  2. Archaic. having regular or frequent conversation; intimately associating; acquainted.


/ kənˈvɜːsənt /


  1. usually postpositiveand foll bywith experienced (in), familiar (with), or acquainted (with)

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Derived Forms

  • conˈversantly, adverb
  • conˈversance, noun

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Other Words From

  • con·versance con·versan·cy noun
  • con·versant·ly adverb
  • noncon·versance noun
  • noncon·versan·cy noun
  • noncon·versant adjective
  • noncon·versant·ly adverb
  • uncon·versant adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of conversant1

1250–1300; Middle English conversa ( u ) nt < Latin conversant- (stem of conversāns ), present participle of conversārī to associate with. See converse 1, -ant

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Example Sentences

Now, those machines are becoming conversant in the language of their programmers.

And, he says, “Boards and senior executives need to be minimally conversant in some ways about cybersecurity risk and analysis of those metrics.”

In Chicago, Ng became conversant in the advanced statistics that started enveloping– the game at the turn of the century.

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Unions, she said, could also be tapped to conduct outreach in hard-to-reach communities, including those not conversant in English.

Everyone in town is conversant with these calamities, the figures involved and the attendant risks of speaking to the police.

He is as conversant with HTML and Git as with metaphor and the twists and turns of plotting.

Now, if you are reasonably conversant in our economic debates, you already have some idea of what all this means.

Almost all French speakers have to do a serious amount of self-study to become conversant, especially when it comes to phonetics.

Here is one place where I wish liberals were more conversant  and comfortable speaking in religious and scriptural contexts.

But they dug into the details, and their audiences expected them to be conversant in details.

He will search out the hidden meanings of proverbs, and will be conversant in the secrets of parables.

Blessed is he that is conversant in these good things and he that layeth them up in his heart, shall be wise always.

He is thoroughly conversant with questions of taxation and income and the agricultural conditions.

Moreover, he was honest and sound in heart, and was just and impartial in reference to those facts with which he was conversant.

Ireland, so long conversant with misery, was still to taste the cup in all its bitterness.