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Syllabification: con·ver·sa·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkänvərˈsāSH(ə)n

Definition of conversation in English:


1The informal exchange of ideas by spoken words: the two men were deep in conversation
More example sentences
  • In conversation we discuss the power of music to get us through those dark nights of the soul.
  • We tried to talk to him a few times, but he was not interested in conversation.
  • Marriage came up in conversation as I asked him if he would consider getting married.
1.1An instance of this: she picked up the phone and held a conversation in French
More example sentences
  • I'd taken control of where this conversation was going and at the same time stopped it dead.
  • 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.


Middle English (in the sense 'living among, familiarity, intimacy'): via Old French from Latin conversatio(n-), from the verb conversari (see converse1).


make conversation

Talk for the sake of politeness without having anything to say.
Example sentences
  • Trying to create when you don't feel like it is like making conversation for the sake of making conversation.
  • She politely started to make conversation and the trio were laughing within minutes.
  • As I wait at the breakfast table, I attempt to make conversation with an elderly couple, but they don't speak English.

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