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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. closely familiar; current; having frequent interaction
  • adj. familiar or acquainted by use or study; well-informed; versed
  • n. One who converses with another.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. One who converses with another; a convenser.

from The 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).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)



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  • The callous palms of the laborer are conversant with finer tissues of self-respect and heroism, whose touch thrills the heart, than the languid fingers of idleness.

    Henry David Thoreau, "Walking"

    July 24, 2011