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conversation

[kon-ver-sey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. informal interchange of thoughts, information, etc., by spoken words; oral communication between persons; talk; colloquy.
  2. an instance of this.
  3. association or social intercourse; intimate acquaintance.
  4. criminal conversation.
  5. the ability to talk socially with others: She writes well but has no conversation.
  6. 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

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 formspre·con·ver·sa·tion, noun

Synonyms

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1. dialogue, chat.
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-conversation

conversation

noun
  1. the interchange through speech of information, ideas, etc; spoken communication
  2. make conversation to talk in an artificial way
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Related formsRelated adjective: colloquial
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Word Origin and History for pre-conversation

conversation

n.

mid-14c., "living together, having dealings with others," also "manner of conducting oneself in the world;" from Old French conversation, from Latin conversationem (nominative conversatio) "act of living with," noun of action from past participle stem of conversari "to live with, keep company with," literally "turn about with," from Latin com- "with" (see com-) + vertare, frequentative of vertere (see versus).

Specific sense of "talk" is 1570s. Used as a synonym for "sexual intercourse" from at least 1511, hence criminal conversation, legal term for adultery from late 18c. Related: Conversationalist; conversationist.

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Idioms and Phrases with pre-conversation

conversation

In addition to the idiom beginning with conversation

  • conversation piece

also see:

  • make conversation
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