make conversation

Engage someone in talking purely for its own sake, make small talk, as in She had a real talent for making conversation with strangers. [c. 1920]

Words Nearby make conversation

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How to use make conversation in a sentence

  • Attempting to make conversation, the man said in Chinese pidgin, “You likee food?”

  • I found it more of an effort than I had imagined to make conversation with those young men.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • I am trying to make conversation, but am more interested in the people and the boat and those who are going to travel with me.

    My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
  • I didn't think so, but to make conversation I said: "How long is it since you were home?"

  • Colonel Gilbert probably saw this, for he began to make conversation with de Vasselot.

    The Isle of Unrest | Henry Seton Merriman
  • "There's Rundle with that horrible lurcher dog of his," said Johnny, and spoke more to make conversation than anything else.

    The Imaginary Marriage | Henry St. John Cooper