conversation Definition

  • 1an informal talk involving a small group of people or only two; the activity of talking in this way
  • 2the exchange of ideas by spoken words

Using conversation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "conversation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We had a long conversation about politics.

  • Example

    I had a conversation with my boss about my salary.

  • Example

    She avoided conversation on the topic.

  • Example

    Their conversation was interrupted by a phone call.

conversation Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for conversation

Antonyms for conversation

Idioms Using conversation

  • engaged in conversation with someone


    She was deep in conversation with her friend when I arrived.

  • to stop talking about a particular subject


    I tried to end the conversation by changing the subject.

  • to continue talking about a particular subject


    I tried to keep the conversation going by asking more questions.

Phrases with conversation

  • to talk to someone in order to be polite and not because you are interested in them or have something to say


    I tried to make conversation with her, but she seemed uninterested.

  • strike up a conversation

    to start a conversation with someone, especially someone you have never met before


    He struck up a conversation with the woman sitting next to him on the plane.

  • to have a conversation with someone


    It's difficult to hold a conversation in a noisy restaurant.

Origins of conversation

from Latin 'conversatio', meaning 'act of living with'


Summary: conversation in Brief

A 'conversation' [ˌkɑːn.vərˈseɪ.ʃən] is an informal talk between two or a small group of people, or the activity of talking in this way. It involves the exchange of ideas through spoken words, as exemplified by 'We had a long conversation about politics.' 'Conversation' can be initiated through phrases like 'make conversation,' 'strike up a conversation,' and 'hold a conversation.' Idioms like 'in conversation' and 'keep the conversation going' denote the state of being engaged in conversation and continuing to talk about a particular subject, respectively.

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