Conversant Con"ver*sant, a. [L. conversans, p. pr. of conversari: cf. F. conversant.] 1. Having frequent or customary intercourse; familiary associated; intimately acquainted. [1913 Webster]

I have been conversant with the first persons of the age. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Familiar or acquainted by use or study; well-informed; versed; -- generally used with with, sometimes with in. [1913 Webster]

Deeply conversant in the Platonic philosophy. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

he uses the different dialects as one who had been conversant with them all. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Conversant only with the ways of men. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

3. Concerned; occupied. [1913 Webster]

Education . . . is conversant about children. --W. Wotton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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