conversation

A conversation occurs when people talk to each other, like a conversation with your friend about school or professional basketball.

The noun conversation comes from the Old French word of the same spelling, meaning "manner of conducting oneself in the world." When you have a conversation with another person or a group of people, you listen closely and respond appropriately, so that your conversation is a true exchange of ideas, not just people waiting for their turn to talk. A good conversation makes you feel heard, satisfied, and maybe even more informed.

Definitions of conversation
  1. noun
    the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
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    crossfire
    a lively or heated interchange of ideas and opinions
    phatic communication, phatic speech
    conversational speech used to communicate sociability more than information
    exchange
    a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one)
    chat, confab, confabulation, schmoose, schmooze
    an informal conversation
    gossiping, gossipmongering
    a conversation that spreads personal information about other people
    talk, talking
    an exchange of ideas via conversation
    nothings
    inconsequential conversation
    commerce
    social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.
    colloquy
    formal conversation
    rap
    voluble conversation
    rap session
    conversation in a situation where feelings can be expressed and criticized or supported
    second-hand speech
    overheard conversation (especially overheard cellphone conversation)
    table talk
    conversation during a meal
    telephone conversation
    a conversation over the telephone
    tete-a-tete
    a private conversation between two people
    causerie, chin wag, chin wagging, chin-wag, chin-wagging, chit chat, chit-chat, chitchat, gab, gabfest, gossip, small talk, tittle-tattle
    light informal conversation for social occasions
    scandalmongering
    spreading malicious gossip
    cant, pious platitude
    insincere talk about religion or morals
    dialog, dialogue, duologue
    a conversation between two persons
    heart-to-heart
    an intimate talk in private
    shmooze
    (Yiddish) a warm heart-to-heart talk
    shop talk
    talk about your business that only others in the same business can understand
    idle words, jazz, malarkey, malarky, nothingness, wind
    empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk
    cackle, chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak
    noisy talk
    honeyed words, sweet nothings
    inconsequential expressions of affection
    pillow talk
    intimate conversation between lovers (typically occurring in bed)
    type of:
    language, oral communication, speech, speech communication, spoken communication, spoken language, voice communication
    (language) communication by word of mouth
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