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1. informal interchange of thoughts, information, etc., by spoken words; oral communication between persons; talk; colloquy.

2. an instance of this.

3. association or social intercourse; intimate acquaintance.

4. criminal conversation.

5. the ability to talk socially with others: She writes well but has not conversation.

6. Obsolete.

a. behavior or manner of living.

b. close familiarity; intimate acquaintance, as from constant use or study.


Origin: 1300-50; ME conversacio(u)n<L conversation- (s. of conversatio) society, intercourse, equiv. to conversat(us) ptp. of conversari to associate with (see converse 1 ) + -ion-

Main Entry: conversation

Definition: dialogue, discourse

Synonyms: chat, colloquy, comment, communication, communion, confab, confabulation, conference, consultation, converse, debate, discussion, exhange, expression, gab, gossip, hearing, intercourse, jive, observation, palaver, parley, pillow talk, powwow, questioning, remark, repartee, speech, talk, talkfest, tete-a-tete, ventilation, visit, yak

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