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 Dictionary entry overview: What does conversation mean? 

  The noun CONVERSATION has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: CONVERSATION used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("conversation" is a kind of...):

language; oral communication; speech; speech communication; spoken communication; spoken language; voice communication ((language) communication by word of mouth)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "conversation"):

crossfire (a lively or heated interchange of ideas and opinions)

telephone conversation (a conversation over the telephone)

table talk (conversation during a meal)

second-hand speech (overheard conversation (especially overheard cellphone conversation))

rap session (conversation in a situation where feelings can be expressed and criticized or supported)

rap (voluble conversation)

colloquy (formal conversation)

commerce (social exchange, especially of opinions, attitudes, etc.)

nothings (inconsequential conversation)

talk; talking (an exchange of ideas via conversation)

gossiping; gossipmongering (a conversation that spreads personal information about other people)

chat; confab; confabulation; schmoose; schmooze (an informal conversation)

exchange (a mutual expression of views (especially an unpleasant one))

phatic communication; phatic speech (conversational speech used to communicate sociability more than information)

tete-a-tete (a private conversation between two people)

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