Meaning of “conversation” in the English Dictionary

"conversation" in 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 with your uncle.
Because of television, many people have lost the art of conversation (= talking to each other).
Whenever I'm in a social situation 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 people exchange thoughts, 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 college plans.

If you make conversation, you cause someone to talk to you, esp. about unimportant matters.

adjective us /ˌkɑn·vərˈseɪ·ʃə·nəl/

He rarely speaks 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 /ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃən/ us

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)

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