What does conversation mean?

Definitions for conversation
ˌkɒn vərˈseɪ ʃəncon·ver·sa·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. conversationnoun

    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.


  1. conversationnoun

    Interaction; commerce or intercourse with other people; dealing with others.

  2. conversationnoun

    Behaviour, the way one conducts oneself; a person's way of life.

  3. conversationnoun

    Sexual intercourse.

  4. conversationnoun

    Expression and exchange of individual ideas through talking with other people; also, a set instance or occasion of such talking.

    I had an interesting conversation with Nicolas yesterday about how much he's getting paid.

  5. conversationnoun

    The back-and-forth play of the blades in a bout.

  6. conversationverb

    To engage in conversation (with).

  7. Etymology: From conversation, from conversationem, accusative singular of conversatio, from conversor.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Conversationnoun

    Etymology: conversatio, Latin.

    She went to Pamela’s chamber, meaning to joy her thoughts with the sweet conversation of her sister. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    What I mentioned some time ago in conversation, was not a new thought, just then started by accident or occasion. Jonathan Swift.

    The knowledge of men and manners, the freedom of habitudes, and conversation with the best company of both sexes. Dryden.

    His apparent, open guilt;
    I mean his conversation with Shore’s wife. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles. 1 Pet.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Conversationnoun

    general course of conduct; behavior

  2. Conversationnoun

    familiar intercourse; intimate fellowship or association; close acquaintance

  3. Conversationnoun

    commerce; intercourse; traffic

  4. Conversationnoun

    colloquial discourse; oral interchange of sentiments and observations; informal dialogue

  5. Conversationnoun

    sexual intercourse; as, criminal conversation


  1. Conversation

    Conversation is a form of interactive, spontaneous communication between two or more people who are following rules of etiquette. It is polite give and take of subjects thought of by people talking with each other for company. Conversation analysis is a branch of sociology which studies the structure and organization of human interaction, with a more specific focus on conversational interaction.

Editors Contribution

  1. conversation

    The ability to talk socially with others.

    The art of conversation is speaking and listening.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  
  2. conversation

    To share expression through the voice, speech, language, words, text or a form of communication.

    They love to have a conversation as they love each other very much.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 7, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conversation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2055

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conversation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1202

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'conversation' in Nouns Frequency: #723

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of conversation in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of conversation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of conversation in a Sentence

  1. Jeremy Taylor:

    No man can tell but he that loves his children, how many delicious accents make a man's heart dance in the pretty conversation of those dear pledges; their childishness, their stammering, their little angers, their innocence, their imperfections, their necessities, are so many little emanations of joy and comfort to him that delights in their persons and society.

  2. Americo Mello:

    There’s nothing wrong with slipping out of the room during an unpleasant or tense conversation, or joining others to watch a movie or just relax, also, don’t feel pressured to offer a comment about anything — take a few deep breaths and let it go.

  3. Terry Tamminen:

    Our conversation focused on how [sic] create millions of secure, American jobs in the construction and operation of commercial and residential clean, renewable energy generation, these programs attainable — and include energy efficiency upgrades that pay for themselves with savings, waste reduction projects that can turn every city into a source of new materials and fuels, and transportation projects that will support global trade while reducing traffic and air pollution and make America a leader in sustainable fuel and vehicle technologies.

  4. Sylvia Miller-Mutia:

    In order for people, the students, to grow into a citizen that can stay engaged with people who have a variety of opinions, which I feel like is kind of what we see disintegrating sometimes in our country, they actually need to have the vocabulary and the exposure to a range of ideas so that they can actually have an intelligent and thoughtful and respectful conversation.

  5. Fotini Iconomopoulos:

    When we're facing a high stress conversation, we have an adrenal response to it -- all rational thought leaves your brain.

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