conversation

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

noun

informal interchange of thoughts, information, etc., by spoken words; oral communication between persons; talk; colloquy.
an instance of this.
association or social intercourse; intimate acquaintance.
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.

Origin of conversation

1300–50; Middle English conversacio(u)n < Latin conversātiōn- (stem of conversātiō) society, intercourse, equivalent to conversāt(us) past participle of conversārī to associate with (see converse1) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

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

Related forms

Related adjective: colloquial
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Idioms and Phrases with conversation

conversation


In addition to the idiom beginning with conversation

  • conversation piece

also see:

  • make conversation
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