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talk

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verb \ˈtȯk\

Simple Definition of talk

  • : to say words in order to express your thoughts, feelings, opinions, etc., to someone

  • : to have a conversation or discussion with someone

  • : to have a conversation about (something)

Full Definition of talk

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to deliver or express in speech :  utter

  3. 2 :  to make the subject of conversation or discourse :  discuss <talk business>

  4. 3 :  to influence, affect, or cause by talking <talked them into going>

  5. 4 :  to use (a language) for conversing or communicating :  speak

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1a :  to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken wordsb :  to convey information or communicate in any way (as with signs or sounds) <can make a trumpet talk> <make the computer talk to the printer>

  8. 2 :  to use speech :  speak

  9. 3a :  to speak idly :  prateb :  gossipc :  to reveal secret or confidential information

  10. 4 :  to give a talk :  lecture

talk·er noun
talk back
  1. :  to answer impertinently

talk sense
  1. :  to voice rational, logical, or sensible thoughts

talk through one's hat
  1. :  to voice irrational, illogical, or erroneous ideas

talk turkey
  1. :  to speak frankly or bluntly

Examples of talk

  1. She never talks at the meetings.

  2. He did most of the talking during dinner.

  3. He loves to hear himself talk.

  4. I think she's talking a lot of nonsense.

  5. I can't talk right now. I'm running late.

  6. They were talking in Spanish.

  7. We talked on the phone until midnight.

  8. Both sides in the dispute are now willing to talk.

  9. They are in the conference room talking business.

  10. She had laryngitis and couldn't talk.



Origin of talk

Middle English; akin to Old English talu tale


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with talk


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talk

noun

Simple Definition of talk

  • : an occurrence in which one person talks about something with another person : a conversation or discussion

  • : the act of talking formally about something before a group of people : a speech or lecture

  • : a formal discussion between two or more groups that are trying to reach an agreement about something

Full Definition of talk

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of talking :  speech

  2. 2 :  a way of speaking :  language

  3. 3 :  pointless or fruitless discussion :  verbiage

  4. 4 :  a formal discussion, negotiation, or exchange of views —often used in plural

  5. 5a :  mention, reportb :  rumor, gossip

  6. 6 :  the topic of interested comment, conversation, or gossip <it's the talk of the town>

  7. 7a :  address, lectureb :  written analysis or discussion presented in an informal or conversational manner

  8. 8 :  communicative sounds or signs resembling or functioning as talk <bird talk>

Examples of talk

  1. <the noted author's talk on the state of the modern novel>

  2. <what good will all this talk do when we need to take action now?>



14th Century

First Known Use of talk

14th century




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