engage in conversation

See: discuss
References in classic literature ?
And if the son deigned to engage in conversation with him, the old man always rose a little from his chair, and answered softly, sympathetically, with something like reverence, while strenuously endeavouring to make use of the most recherche (that is to say, the most ridiculous) expressions.
Half an hour after the warrior had returned her to her prison he rose and entered the hut, where he tried to engage in conversation with her.
They used the web to minimize printing costs but not to engage in conversations with customers, investors, regulators, consumers and employees.