[kon-ver-seyt] /ˈkɒn vərˌseɪt/

verb (used without object), conversated, conversating. Nonstandard except in some dialects.
to have a conversation; converse; talk.

to socialize and chat; to converse with another
Word Origin

back-formation from conversation
Usage Note


by 1994, apparently a back-formation from conversation or an elaboration of converse. According to some, from U.S. black English.


To socialize and chat; to converse with another •Back formation from conversation: We conversated about the weekend plan


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