American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Familiar, as by study or experience: conversant with medieval history.
- adj. Able to converse knowledgeably: "By ... using a library of your personal design, you will find yourself more knowledgeable and, eventually, more conversant, on topics of interest to you” ( Tom Kelley).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having frequent or customary intercourse; intimately associating; familiar by companionship; acquainted: followed by with, formerly also by among.
- Acquainted by familiar use or study; having a thorough or intimate knowledge or proficiency: followed generally by with, formerly and still occasionally by in.
- Having concern or connection; concerned, occupied, or engaged: followed by with or about.
- Synonyms Versed (in), skilled (in), proficient (in).
- adj. closely familiar; current; having frequent interaction
- adj. familiar or acquainted by use or study; well-informed; versed
- n. One who converses with another.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having frequent or customary intercourse; familiary associated; intimately acquainted.
- adj. Familiar or acquainted by use or study; well-informed; versed; -- generally used with
with, sometimes with in.
- adj. Concerned; occupied.
- n. rare One who converses with another; a convenser.
- adj. (usually followed by `with') well informed about or knowing thoroughly
- Middle English conversaunt, associated with, from Old French conversant, present participle of converser, to associate with, from Latin conversārī; see converse1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Athens on the 27th day of the 7th month, in the year accounted 1657, being the first day of the week, the day of Greek solemn worship, and to have been "conversant" with Carlo Dessio and Gumeno Stephaci, "called Greek doctors.”
“The judge said that he knew the legislation had been changed to meet some of the concerns but that he was not "conversant" with the latest figures regarding prisoners detained beyond their minimum sentence.”
“India (59 per cent), Australia (58 per cent) and New Zealand (58 per cent) are home to the most "conversant" consumers in the region.”
“There, individuals who are accustomed to, say, the metric system must also be conversant with the imperial system now embattled even in the kingdom of its formerly eponymous empire, Britain pretty much solely for the purpose of taking the American test.”
“The Mondale model helps assure that the constitutional successor is fully conversant with the issues our government faces.”
“So I'm not only conversant but experienced in what it takes to create theater, including theater featuring women and girls.”
“Although he has lectured on architecture at Harvard and Rice, he is also fully conversant with pop culture.”
“Fuller was in demand as a "conversationalist" and for a while earned her living appearing at women-only seminars in Boston, where she would opine on literature, history, philosophy and other subjects on which the ladies' Harvard-educated husbands, fathers and brothers were already conversant.”
“Mr. Perry, aiming to reintroduce himself to voters before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses, is casting himself as a political outsider equally conversant in job creation and scripture—with a heavy emphasis, at times, on the latter.”
“Winston Churchill was thoroughly conversant with the Bible.”
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