Definition of conversant in English:



  • predicative Familiar with or knowledgeable about something.

    ‘you need someone who is conversant with the new technology’
    • ‘I forget sometime that she and I have known each other for twelve years and that she is quite conversant in my family history.’
    • ‘Getting the message through to a team made up of 11 foreign players, some of whom are not that conversant in English, cannot have been one of the easiest things to do.’
    • ‘Well-rounded students are conversant in many disciplines, she said.’
    • ‘There are probably no surprises here for practitioners or readers conversant with recent research on child development.’
    • ‘In addition to our existing draughting and engineering skills we had to become conversant with computer technology and programming.’
    • ‘I'm not conversant in French myself, so I can't be sure if this is a reliable translation of the questions that were actually used.’
    • ‘From my own research, it takes roughly three hours - from the moment you drop them at the gate on the first day of school to the moment you pick them up - for them to become fully conversant.’
    • ‘This requires all practitioners to be conversant with all the major therapies which places a large burden on the teaching establishments and those of further education.’
    • ‘Ironically, the programme carried a full page of refereeing hand signals as if to confirm that there are many still not conversant with this captivating game.’
    • ‘But he has shown in a matter of weeks that his determination to succeed on the field is matched by his willingness to integrate, which means being conversant in English.’
    • ‘It went beyond having to be conversant with American history and values.’
    • ‘Is there any senior political figure reckoned to be genuinely knowledgeable and conversant in technology policy?’
    • ‘Most of my working life was as a sales representative for a major insurer covering the majority of the county so I am fairly well conversant with the area.’
    • ‘Already conversant in seven languages when he went to India, Carey learned Bengali and began translating the Bible into that language.’
    • ‘He's presumably fully conversant with the principals behind conflict of interests and the reasons why you disclose.’
    • ‘Well, apparently he's not all that conversant with the word ‘shame’ either.’
    • ‘The Chairman said he thought that in order that the members would be fully conversant with the Harbour facilities they should make the tour of inspection.’
    • ‘In return, the trio expected certificates issued by the Forest department that they were conversant with charming snakes.’
    • ‘Challengers need to learn as much as they can to prepare for all questions and become conversant with every area of policy.’
    • ‘Get conversant with the interior of your body, understand the wondrous mechanism and realise what it does for you and thank it.’
    familiar with, acquainted with, au fait with, at home with, no stranger to
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Middle English: from Old French, present participle of converser (see converse). The original sense was ‘habitually spending time in a particular place or with a particular person’.