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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin conversatio, from conversari; CONVERSE1

conversation

noun
     
con‧ver‧sa‧tion S1 W2
[uncountable and countable] an informal talk in which people exchange news, feelings, and thoughtsCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
have/hold a conversation (with somebody) carry on a conversation (with somebody) (=have a conversation) get into (a) conversation (with somebody) (=start having a conversation) make (polite) conversation (with somebody) (=talk to someone in order to be polite) engage somebody in conversation (a) conversation turns to something (=people start talking about something) deep in conversation (=very involved in conversation) snatches of conversation (=small parts of a conversation) topic of conversation a private conversation
a telephone conversation
Children quickly get bored by adult conversation.
conversation with
a short conversation with the teacher
conversation about
a conversation about family and friends
They had a short conversation in German and seemed to be disagreeing about something.
It's impossible to carry on a conversation with all this noise in the background.
'Did you have a good journey?' he said, trying to make conversation.
He was silent, no matter how hard Sofia tried to engage him in conversation.
After a while, the conversation turned to a friend's coming wedding.
They were deep in conversation, relaxed and smiling.
He could hear snatches of conversation from across the room.

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