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From Old French _conversation_, from Latin _conversātiōnem_, accusative singular of _conversātiō_ (“conversation”), from _conversor_ (“abide, keep company with”).

From Old French conversation, from Latin conversātiōnem, accusative singular of conversātiō (conversation), from conversor (abide, keep company with).

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* (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃən/ * (US) IPA(key): /ˌkɑnvɚˈseɪʃən/ * Rhymes: -eɪʃən

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkɑnvɚˈseɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən

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CONVERSATION (_plural_ CONVERSATIONS) * Expression and exchange of individual ideas through talking with other people; also, a set instance or occasion of such talking. [from 16th c.] _I had an interesting CONVERSATION with Nicolas yesterday about how much he's getting paid._ * 1699, William Temple, _Heads designed for an essay on conversations_ Study gives strength to the mind; CONVERSATION, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it. * (fencing) The back-and-forth play of the blades in a bout. * (obsolete) Interaction; commerce or intercourse with other people; dealing with others. [14th-18th c.] * 1526, William Tyndale, trans. _Bible_, Acts XI: Yt chaunsed thatt a whole yere they had their CONVERSACION with the congregacion there, and taught moche people insomoche thatt the disciples off Antioche we the fyrst that wer called Christen. * (archaic) Behaviour, the way one conducts oneself; a person's way of life. [from 14th c.] * 1621, Robert Burton, _The Anatomy of Melancholy_, New York Review of Books, 2001, p.50: There are many that take no heed what happeneth to others by bad CONVERSATION, and therefore overthrow themselves in the same manner through their own fault, not foreseeing dangers manifest. * (obsolete) Sexual intercourse. [16th-19th c.] * 1723, Charles Walker, _Memoirs of the Life of Sally Salisbury_: Ariadne […] quitted her Lover Theseus, for the tumultuous CONVERSATION of Bacchus. * 1749, Henry Fielding, _Tom Jones_, Folio Society 1973, p. 333: The landlady therefore would by no means have admitted any CONVERSATION of a disreputable kind to pass under her roof. * (computing) The protocol-based interaction between systems processing a transaction. SYNONYMS * (expression and exchange of ideas through talking): banter, chat, chinwag, dialogue, discussion, interlocution, powwow, table talk DERIVED TERMS * conversational * conversation piece RELATED TERMS * converse * conversant USAGE NOTES * To MAKE conversation means to start a conversation with someone with no other aim than to talk and break the silence. * To HAVE a conversation, and to HOLD a conversation, both mean to converse. * See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take TRANSLATIONS

conversation (plural conversations)

  1. Expression and exchange of individual ideas through talking with other people; also, a set instance or occasion of such talking. [from 16th c.]
    I had an interesting conversation with Nicolas yesterday about how much he's getting paid.
  2. (fencing) The back-and-forth play of the blades in a bout.
  3. (obsolete) Interaction; commerce or intercourse with other people; dealing with others. [14th-18th c.]
  4. (archaic) Behaviour, the way one conducts oneself; a person's way of life. [from 14th c.]
  5. (obsolete) Sexual intercourse. [16th-19th c.]
  6. (computing) The protocol-based interaction between systems processing a transaction.

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CONVERSATION (_third-person singular simple present_ CONVERSATIONS, _present participle_ CONVERSATIONING, _simple past and past participle_ CONVERSATIONED) * (nonstandard, transitive, intransitive) To engage in CONVERSATION (with). * 1983, James Frederick Mason, Hélène Joséphine Harvitt, _The French review_ Gone now are the "high-minded" style, the "adapted from literature" feel, the voice-over narration, and the abstract CONVERSATIONING about ideas, values... * 1989, Robert L Gale, _A Henry James encyclopedia_ ...he has breakfasted me, dined me, CONVERSATIONED me, absolutely caressed me. He has been really most kind and paternal... * 2002, Georgie Nickell, _I Only Smoke on Thursdays_ After all this CONVERSATIONING, Scottie, my usual dance partner, was getting antsy and wanted to dance.

conversation (third-person singular simple present conversations, present participle conversationing, simple past and past participle conversationed)

  1. (nonstandard, transitive, intransitive) To engage in conversation (with).

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* conservation

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Borrowed from Latin _conversātiō_ (“conversation”).

Borrowed from Latin conversātiō (conversation).

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* IPA(key): /kɔ̃.vɛʁ.sa.sjɔ̃/ * Homophone: conversations * Hyphenation: con‧ver‧sa‧tion

  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃.vɛʁ.sa.sjɔ̃/
  • Homophone: conversations
  • Hyphenation: con‧ver‧sa‧tion

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CONVERSATION

conversation

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* conservation

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* “conversation” in _le Trésor de la langue française informatisé_ (_The Digitized Treasury of the French Language_).


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