Conversation Con`ver*sa"tion, n. [OE. conversacio (in senses 1 & 2), OF. conversacion, F. conversation, fr. L. conversatio frequent abode in a place, intercourse, LL. also, manner of life.] 1. General course of conduct; behavior. [Archaic] [1913 Webster]

Let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel. --Philip. i. 27. [1913 Webster]

2. Familiar intercourse; intimate fellowship or association; close acquaintance. ``Conversation with the best company.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

I set down, out of long experience in business and much conversation in books, what I thought pertinent to this business. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. Commerce; intercourse; traffic. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

All traffic and mutual conversation. --Hakluyt. [1913 Webster]

4. Colloquial discourse; oral interchange of sentiments and observations; informal dialogue. [1913 Webster]

The influence exercised by his [Johnson's] conversation was altogether without a parallel. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

5. Sexual intercourse; as, criminal conversation.

Syn: Intercourse; communion; commerce; familiarity; discourse; dialogue; colloquy; talk; chat.

Usage: {Conversation}, {Talk}. There is a looser sense of these words, in which they are synonymous; there is a stricter sense, in which they differ. Talk is usually broken, familiar, and versatile. Conversation is more continuous and sustained, and turns ordinarily upon topics or higher interest. Children talk to their parents or to their companions; men converse together in mixed assemblies. Dr. Johnson once remarked, of an evening spent in society, that there had been a great deal of talk, but no conversation. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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