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Conversate

  • Conversate, formed by backformation from the noun conversation, appears in a few dictionaries, but it always bears replacement with the shorter¬†converse. If you need a verb corresponding to conversation but converse doesn’t sound right, there are plenty of perfectly good synonyms, such as talk, chat, speak, discourse, discuss, and confer.

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    Conversate appears most often in speech, and all the examples we could find on the web come from transcriptions of quoted speech—for example:

    He would bake breads at the house and things and would conversate about foods. [transcribed in Wichita Eagle]

    Unfortunately we rarely get the time to conversate much beforehand. [transcribed in Pro Fighting Fans]

    Me and Coach Belichick, it’s more a mental bond. We don’t really conversate. [quoted in Sports Illustrated]

    Ed Orgeron basically had conversated with my ex-head coach … [quoted in Yahoo! Sports]

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