conversation

conversation
noun
1 (C) an informal talk in which people exchange news, feelings, and thoughts: a telephone conversation | He stood silent in the doorway, unwilling to interrupt their conversation. | have/hold a conversation: I had a long conversation with my brother on his birthday. | carry on a conversation (=have a conversation): It's impossible to carry on a conversation with all this noise in the background. | turn a conversation to sth (=begin talking about something): The conversation turned to the subject of Sarah's new boyfriend.
2 (U) informal talk in which people exchange news, feelings, and thoughts: the buzz of conversation | make conversation (=talk to someone in an informal way that actually needs some effort to think of what to say): I'm not very good at making polite conversation. | be in conversation with (=be talking to someone): In today's programme, three well-known artists are in conversation with Jenny Murray.
3 get into conversation especially BrE also get into a conversation especially AmE to begin to talk to someone, especially someone you do not know: I got into conversation with the bus driver today, and he told me that fares are going up again soon.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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  • conversation — Conversation. subst. f. v. Entretien familier. Agreable, douce, aisée, enjoüée conversation. conversation ennuyeuse. longue conversation. seche, aride, guindée. entrer en conversation. estre en conversation lier, noüer conversation. se plaire à… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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