One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Engage in conversation.‘sometimes it's nice to be able to sit and conversate’‘I like what I do because I get to conversate with clients’
talk, speak, chat, have a conversation, have a talk, have a discussion, discourseView synonyms
- ‘She was talking to her friend about how boys can't, "you know, conversate."’
- ‘I would like her to be able to conversate in our native language.’
- ‘We want to chill with them and just listen to them conversate.’
- ‘When I walk around campus, the same people that I used to stop and conversate with won't even look at me.’
- ‘There, in the waiting area, they begin to conversate, and the movie gains its footing.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘associate oneself with’): from Latin conversari (see converse). The current sense dates from the early 19th century and is probably a back-formation from conversation.
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