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dialogue

or di·a·log

[dahy-uh-lawg, -log]
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noun
  1. conversation between two or more persons.
  2. the conversation between characters in a novel, drama, etc.
  3. an exchange of ideas or opinions on a particular issue, especially a political or religious issue, with a view to reaching an amicable agreement or settlement.
  4. a literary work in the form of a conversation: a dialogue of Plato.
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verb (used without object), di·a·logued, di·a·logu·ing.
  1. to carry on a dialogue; converse.
  2. to discuss areas of disagreement frankly in order to resolve them.
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verb (used with object), di·a·logued, di·a·logu·ing.
  1. to put into the form of a dialogue.
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Origin of dialogue

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French dïalogue, Latin dialogus < Greek diálogos. See dia-, -logue
Related formsdi·a·logu·er, nounself-di·a·log, nounself-di·a·logue, nounun·der·di·a·logue, noun
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dialogue

often US dialog

noun
  1. conversation between two or more people
  2. an exchange of opinions on a particular subject; discussion
  3. the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
  4. a particular passage of conversation in a literary or dramatic work
  5. a literary composition in the form of a dialogue
  6. a political discussion between representatives of two nations or groups
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verb rare
  1. (tr) to put into the form of a dialogue
  2. (intr) to take part in a dialogue; converse
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Derived Formsdialogic (ˌdaɪəˈlɒdʒɪk), adjectivedialoguer, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French dialoge, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos, from dialegesthai to converse; see dialect
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Word Origin and History for dialogue

n.

early 13c., "literary work consisting of a conversation between two or more persons," from Old French dialoge, from Latin dialogus, from Greek dialogos "conversation, dialogue," related to dialogesthai "converse," from dia- "across" (see dia-) + legein "speak" (see lecture (n.)).

Sense broadened to "a conversation" c.1400. Mistaken belief that it can only mean "conversation between two persons" is from confusion of dia- and di- (1). A word for "conversation between two persons" is the hybrid duologue (1864).

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