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A talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which news and ideas are exchanged.‘she picked up the phone and held a conversation in French’[mass noun] ‘the two men were deep in conversation’
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- ‘I am simply not used to being required to carry out conversation at all hours of the day.’
- ‘Marriage came up in conversation as I asked him if he would consider getting married.’
- ‘We tried to talk to him a few times, but he was not interested in conversation.’
- ‘The tables are placed very close together so intimate conversation is difficult.’
- ‘I was talking to a Canadian guy last week and one of the topics of conversation was language.’
- ‘The dining room was carpeted, and there was a quiet buzz of conversation from the other guests.’
- ‘The music plays at a perfect level, audible but not too loud as to drown out conversation.’
- ‘The smoking ban has even fashioned the return of courtship through conversation.’
- ‘For some minutes there had been efforts to end the conversation coming from the wings.’
- ‘It's been a good weekend, both of us catching up on sleep and rest and conversation.’
- ‘In conversation we discuss the power of music to get us through those dark nights of the soul.’
- ‘After a minute of conversation she tires of haggling over a price and refuses his advances.’
- ‘After a long leisurely lunch and engaging conversation we made our excuses and departed.’
- ‘Far from providing a little less conversation, the theft has become a talking piece in the pub.’
- ‘In many ways, this being on the same wavelength makes for easy and fluent conversation.’
- ‘Aim to terminate the conversation before anything of any substance is discussed.’
- ‘Face to face conversation, talking in the street, does seem to me to be declining.’
- ‘Whether or not it's going to snow tomorrow is the only topic of conversation today.’
- ‘These features can be regarded as tools that can be applied to sequences of conversation.’
- ‘The grown-ups go quiet, look at me briefly, and then return to their grown up conversation.’
Talk for the sake of politeness without having anything to say.‘we sat together, trying somewhat stiltedly to make conversation’
- ‘They usually get a surprised look on their face - they're just making conversation - and then I have to explain.’
- ‘He didn't say anything, even when Jessica tried to make conversation.’
- ‘Volunteers for this scheme need to be caring, reliable and good at making conversation.’
- ‘Trying to create when you don't feel like it is like making conversation for the sake of making conversation.’
- ‘‘Look at this mess,’ I say, making conversation, forgiving her intrusion.’
- ‘As I wait at the breakfast table, I attempt to make conversation with an elderly couple, but they don't speak English.’
- ‘I guess you could say they were just making conversation, but I have a low tolerance of people who talk in the sauna and this exchange further confirmed my prejudice.’
- ‘She politely started to make conversation and the trio were laughing within minutes.’
- ‘That helps anyway, because the loud music prevents you from making conversation unless you keep moving your chair forward.’
- ‘We ate at the main table in the hotel with the regular guests which involved learning western table manners and making conversation in English with those guests who would ask us a kind question or two.’
Middle English (in the sense ‘living among, familiarity, intimacy’): via Old French from Latin conversatio(n-), from the verb conversari (see converse).
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