Definition of conversation in English:

conversation

noun

  • 1The informal exchange of ideas by spoken words.

    ‘the two men were deep in conversation’
    • ‘Marriage came up in conversation as I asked him if he would consider getting married.’
    • ‘The grown-ups go quiet, look at me briefly, and then return to their grown up conversation.’
    • ‘Face to face conversation, talking in the street, does seem to me to be declining.’
    • ‘The dining room was carpeted, and there was a quiet buzz of conversation from the other guests.’
    • ‘After a minute of conversation she tires of haggling over a price and refuses his advances.’
    • ‘Whether or not it's going to snow tomorrow is the only topic of conversation today.’
    • ‘After a long leisurely lunch and engaging conversation we made our excuses and departed.’
    • ‘We tried to talk to him a few times, but he was not interested in conversation.’
    • ‘Aim to terminate the conversation before anything of any substance is discussed.’
    • ‘The tables are placed very close together so intimate conversation is difficult.’
    • ‘It's been a good weekend, both of us catching up on sleep and rest and conversation.’
    • ‘The smoking ban has even fashioned the return of courtship through conversation.’
    • ‘The music plays at a perfect level, audible but not too loud as to drown out conversation.’
    • ‘I was talking to a Canadian guy last week and one of the topics of conversation was language.’
    • ‘These features can be regarded as tools that can be applied to sequences of conversation.’
    • ‘In many ways, this being on the same wavelength makes for easy and fluent conversation.’
    • ‘Far from providing a little less conversation, the theft has become a talking piece in the pub.’
    • ‘I am simply not used to being required to carry out conversation at all hours of the day.’
    • ‘For some minutes there had been efforts to end the conversation coming from the wings.’
    • ‘In conversation we discuss the power of music to get us through those dark nights of the soul.’
    discussion, talk, chat, gossip, tête-à-tête, heart-to-heart, head-to-head, exchange, dialogue, parley, consultation, conference
    adda
    korero
    confab, jaw, powwow, chit-chat, rap, gas
    chinwag, natter, rabbit
    crack
    bull session, skull session, gabfest, schmooze
    convo
    yarn
    confabulation
    palaver, colloquy, converse
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    1. 1.1 An instance of this.
      ‘she picked up the phone and held a conversation in French’
      • ‘He just scoffs and shakes his head, like he's not even prepared to have this conversation.’
      • ‘Most conversations that I have with people include a few vital pieces of information.’
      • ‘This reminded me of a very different conversation overheard in our previous gym steam room.’
      • ‘It's intriguing how quickly he will steer any given conversation back to politics.’
      • ‘Do you ever have those telephone conversations with your mother that go on for well over an hour?’
      • ‘He told the conference about one of the final telephone conversations he had with his son, Tom.’
      • ‘So here's an extract from a Julian and Sandy conversation to try to show you what I mean.’
      • ‘This morning had an utterly lunatic conversation with the guy in our new corner shop.’
      • ‘The idea was that afterwards I could manage rudimentary conversations and chat with the locals a bit.’
      • ‘Taylor came into the conversation late but quickly caught on to the discussion.’
      • ‘Read a transcript of a real life conversation and it's nothing like a film script.’
      • ‘We then got into a conversation about how much effort it's worth going to in order to save a few pounds.’
      • ‘That single conversation was to prove crucial to the storm that was to break hours later.’
      • ‘The exact detail of that conversation will remain a mystery, as neither party will tell.’
      • ‘He was friendly, but a bit hassled and I was tired and we struggled to keep up conversation.’
      • ‘In our experience these informal conversations are a great aid to doctor well-being.’
      • ‘I'd taken control of where this conversation was going and at the same time stopped it dead.’
      • ‘We didn't get to have a very long conversation but in that short time, he told me how down he was feeling.’
      • ‘I am picking up a lot from the signs we pass and the conversations I overhear.’
      • ‘We would like to apologise to the lovely Ben if he is feeling distressed by this conversation.’
      discussion, talk, chat, gossip, tête-à-tête, heart-to-heart, head-to-head, exchange, dialogue, parley, consultation, conference
      adda
      korero
      confab, jaw, powwow, chit-chat, rap, gas
      chinwag, natter, rabbit
      crack
      bull session, skull session, gabfest, schmooze
      convo
      yarn
      confabulation
      palaver, colloquy, converse
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Phrases

  • make conversation

    • Talk for the sake of politeness without having anything to say.

      • ‘‘Look at this mess,’ I say, making conversation, forgiving her intrusion.’
      • ‘She politely started to make conversation and the trio were laughing within minutes.’
      • ‘He didn't say anything, even when Jessica tried to make conversation.’
      • ‘They usually get a surprised look on their face - they're just making conversation - and then I have to explain.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Volunteers for this scheme need to be caring, reliable and good at making conversation.’
      • ‘That helps anyway, because the loud music prevents you from making conversation unless you keep moving your chair forward.’
      • ‘As I wait at the breakfast table, I attempt to make conversation with an elderly couple, but they don't speak English.’
      • ‘Trying to create when you don't feel like it is like making conversation for the sake of making conversation.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Middle English (in the sense living among, familiarity, intimacy): via Old French from Latin conversatio(n-), from the verb conversari (see converse).

Pronunciation:

conversation

/ˌkänvərˈsāSH(ə)n/