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

  • n. The spoken exchange of thoughts, opinions, and feelings; talk.
  • n. An instance of this: held a long conversation on the subject.
  • n. An informal discussion of a matter by representatives of governments, institutions, or organizations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The back-and-forth play of the blades in a bout.
  • n. The protocol-based interaction between systems processing a transaction.
  • v. To engage in conversation (with).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. General course of conduct; behavior.
  • n. Familiar intercourse; intimate fellowship or association; close acquaintance.
  • n. Commerce; intercourse; traffic.
  • n. Colloquial discourse; oral interchange of sentiments and observations; informal dialogue.
  • n. Sexual intercourse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. General course of actions or habits; manner of life; behavior: deportment, especially with respect to morals. [Obsolescent.]
  • n. Familiar intercourse; intimate acquaintance or association; commerce in social life. [Obsolescent.]
  • n. Familiar acquaintance from using or studying.
  • n. Informal interchange of thoughts and sentiments by spoken words; informal or familiar talk.
  • n. A meeting for conversation, especially on literary subjects; a conversazione.
  • n. Sexual intercourse: as, criminal conversation (which see, under criminal).

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

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


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From Old French conversation, from Latin conversātiōnem, accusative singular of conversātiō ("conversation"), from conversor ("abide, keep company with").



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  • cOnveRsATION. This word could go on either Kangaroo Word list: an oration is a conversation of sorts.

    June 20, 2008