[ kon-ver-sey-shuhn ]
See synonyms for: conversationconversations on

    • informal interchange of thoughts, information, etc., by spoken words; oral communication between persons; talk: how to master the art of conversation.

    • 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.

    • an instance of this: I had a long phone conversation with my cousin in Florida.

  1. an informal public exchange of ideas or opinions about a particular issue; a dialogue: It’s time for a global conversation about the epidemic.

  1. association or social intercourse: a year's conversation with him as his caregiver and friend.

  2. the ability to talk socially with others: She writes well but has no conversation.

  3. Obsolete.

    • behavior or manner of living.

    • close familiarity; intimate acquaintance, as from constant use or study.

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 for conversation

Other words from conversation

  • pre·con·ver·sa·tion, noun

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How to use conversation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for conversation


/ (ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃən) /

  1. the interchange through speech of information, ideas, etc; spoken communication

  2. make conversation to talk in an artificial way

Other words from conversation

  • Related adjective: colloquial

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Other Idioms and Phrases with conversation


In addition to the idiom beginning with conversation

  • conversation piece

also see:

  • make conversation

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