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

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

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a lively or heated interchange of ideas and opinions
phatic communication, phatic speech
conversational speech used to communicate sociability more than information
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
inconsequential conversation
social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.
formal conversation
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
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
spreading malicious gossip
cant, pious platitude
insincere talk about religion or morals
dialog, dialogue, duologue
a conversation between two persons
an intimate talk in private
(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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