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"conversation" in British English

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conversationnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌkɒn.vəˈseɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌkɑːn.vɚˈseɪ.ʃən/
A1 (a) ​talk between two or more ​people in which ​thoughts, ​feelings, and ​ideas are ​expressed, ​questions are ​asked and ​answered, or ​news and ​information is ​exchanged: She had a ​strange conversation with the man who ​moved in ​upstairs. It's ​impossible to hold/​carry on a conversation with all this ​noise going on! I struck up (= ​started) an ​interesting conversation withyouruncle. Because of ​television, many ​people have ​lost the ​art of conversation (= ​talking to each other). Whenever I'm in a ​socialsituation with my ​boss, we ​seem to run out of conversation (= things to say to each other) after two ​minutes!

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(Definition of conversation from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"conversation" in American English

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conversationnoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌkɑn·vərˈseɪ·ʃən/
an ​informal, usually ​private, ​talk in which two or more ​peopleexchangethoughts, ​feelings, or ​ideas, or in which ​news or ​information is given or ​discussed: [C] We had a ​brief conversation ​Friday. [U] The ​topic of conversation was ​collegeplans.
If you make conversation, you ​cause someone to ​talk to you, esp. about ​unimportantmatters.
conversational
adjective  us   /ˌkɑn·vərˈseɪ·ʃə·nəl/
He ​rarelyspeaks in a ​normal conversational ​tone.
(Definition of conversation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"conversation" in Business English

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conversationnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃən/
a discussion with someone about a particular ​subject: have a conversation We believe the ​company has the ​resources it ​needs, but if more is needed, we'll have that conversation.
(Definition of conversation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “conversation”
in Korean 대화…
in Arabic مُحادَثة…
in Malaysian perbualan…
in French conversation…
in Russian разговор, беседа…
in Chinese (Traditional) 交談,談話,對話…
in Italian conversazione…
in Turkish konuşma, sohbet…
in Polish rozmowa…
in Spanish conversación…
in Vietnamese hội thoại…
in Portuguese conversa, conversação, troca de ideias…
in Thai การสนทนา…
in German die Unterhaltung…
in Catalan conversa…
in Japanese 会話…
in Chinese (Simplified) 交谈,谈话,对话…
in Indonesian percakapan…
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