conversation

[kon-ver-sey-shuhn]
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.
5.
the ability to talk socially with others: She writes well but has no conversation.
6.
Obsolete.
a.
behavior or manner of living.
b.
close familiarity; intimate acquaintance, as from constant use or study.

Origin:
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

preconversation, noun


1. dialogue, chat.
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World English Dictionary
conversation (ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the interchange through speech of information, ideas, etc; spoken communication
2.  make conversation to talk in an artificial way
 
Related: colloquial

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Word Origin & History

conversation
mid-14c., from O.Fr. conversation, from L. conversationem (nom. conversatio) "act of living with," prp. of conversari "to live with, keep company with," lit. "turn about with," from L. com- intens. prefix + vertare, freq. of vertere (see versus). Originally "having dealings
with others," also "manner of conducting oneself in the world;" specific sense of "talk" is 1580. Used as a synonym for "sexual intercourse" from at least 1511, hence criminal conversation, legal term for adultery from late 18c. Related: Conversational (1779); conversationalist (1836); conversationist (1806).
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Bible Dictionary

Conversation definition


generally the goings out and in of social intercourse (Eph. 2:3; 4:22; R.V., "manner of life"); one's deportment or course of life. This word is never used in Scripture in the sense of verbal communication from one to another (Ps. 50:23; Heb. 13:5). In Phil. 1:27 and 3:20, a different Greek word is used. It there means one's relations to a community as a citizen, i.e., citizenship.

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Idioms & Phrases

conversation

In addition to the idiom beginning with conversation, also see make conversation.

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Example sentences
Sometimes as two people typed out a conversation, with the slight delay that
  entailed, dialogue overlapped.
The casual comfort of the two chairs seems to invite relaxation and intimate
  conversation.
Few foliage plants prompt as much conversation as coleus.
The dining room walls inspire lively, rowdy meals with good conversation.
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