conversation

[ kon-ver-sey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃən /

noun

  1. informal interchange of thoughts, information, etc., by spoken words; oral communication between persons; talk: how to master the art of conversation.
  2. such interchange by sign language, email, or other nonoral means of communication: I enjoy our time on the phone, but she prefers conversation by texting.
  3. an instance of this: I had a long phone conversation with my cousin in Florida.
an informal public exchange of ideas or opinions about a particular issue; a dialogue: It’s time for a global conversation about the epidemic.
association or social intercourse: a year's conversation with him as his caregiver and friend.
the ability to talk socially with others: She writes well but has no conversation.
Obsolete.
  1. behavior or manner of living.
  2. close familiarity; intimate acquaintance, as from constant use or study.

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Origin of conversation

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English conversacio(u)n, from Latin conversātiōn- (stem of conversātiō ) “familiarity, conduct, behavior,” equivalent to conversāt(us), past participle of conversārī “to associate with” + -iōn- noun suffix; see origin at converse1, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM conversation

pre·con·ver·sa·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for conversation

conversation
/ (ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃən) /

noun

the interchange through speech of information, ideas, etc; spoken communication
make conversation to talk in an artificial way

Other words from conversation

Related adjective: colloquial
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Idioms and Phrases with conversation

conversation

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