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[kon-ver-sey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃən/
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.
  1. behavior or manner of living.
  2. close familiarity; intimate acquaintance, as from constant use or study.
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
preconversation, noun
1. dialogue, chat. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for conversations
  • We're looking for complex questions that will generate new ideas, new visions and new conversations.
  • Reflecting general trends in broadcasting, the bulk of the material comes from conversations and interviews.
  • Clumping is a community event and the conversations during the clumping are the glue that keeps us together.
  • My living room seemed to echo with hushed tones and halted conversations.
  • The three couples even considered publishing a book of their conversations.
  • What our taped conversations helped me realize was that my dad was every bit the soldier that his father was.
  • At dinner, some of the guests mentioned it to each other, but there were no conversations about it.
  • And now for a few words upon the scene where these interviews and conversations are supposed to occur.
  • Not only politics was the subject of their conversations, but also their domestic life.
  • The conversations are reported in a spirited and characteristic manner.
British Dictionary definitions for conversations


the interchange through speech of information, ideas, etc; spoken communication
make conversation, to talk in an artificial way
adjective colloquial
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Word Origin and History for conversations



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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conversations in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with conversations


In addition to the idiom beginning with conversation also see: make conversation
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