chat

verb
\ˈchat \
chatted; chatting

Definition of chat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

2a : to talk in an informal or familiar manner

b : to take part in an online discussion in a chat room

transitive verb

chiefly British : to talk to especially : to talk lightly, glibly, or flirtatiously with often used with up

chat

noun

Definition of chat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : idle small talk : chatter

2 : light informal or familiar talk especially : conversation

3 [ imitative ] : any of several songbirds (as of the genera Cercomela, Granatellus, or Icteria)

4 : online discussion in a chat room also : an instance of such discussion participate in computer chats

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Examples of chat in a Sentence

Verb

We chatted about our plans for the summer. called him up to chat She stayed up all night chatting with her friends online.

Noun

We enjoyed a chat over coffee. software used for e-mail and chat
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Suddenly Anne Carleton, 78, approaches Tracz's chair and stops to chat. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "'Timekeeper' recalls working in Detroit train station during WWII," 25 June 2018 Something to keep in mind while chatting over tea this weekend: While Markle is marrying a prince, her title, which the Queen will hand down after the wedding ceremony, is predicted to be Duchess of Sussex, not Princess Meghan. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "3 Distinct Ways to Celebrate the Royal Wedding Day in L.A.," 14 May 2018 Beyond the guys attending a glitzy U.S. award show or wearing bathrobes while chatting to their label team, there is always a sense of centering themselves back to the music and to their fans. Jeff Benjamin, Teen Vogue, "BTS's Movie "Burn the Stage" Shows the Group's Unwavering Dedication to Their Music," 20 Nov. 2018 Both the monarch and Prince Harry leaned in to chat while a beaming Meghan, who looked chic in a navy dress and coat by Givenchy, looked on, making for an adorable scene. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The Cute Moment Between Prince Harry and Queen Elizabeth You Might Have Missed During Eugenie's Wedding," 13 Oct. 2018 Spray-tanned Icelandic glamazons grip a hot dog in one hand and hail a taxi back to their native suburbs with the other as sad-sack old-timers, wiping sauce from their whiskers, chat them up. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Following the crash, Malone, whose real name is Austin Richard Post, was snapped with his assistant on the sidelines of the scene chatting with police authorities while the vehicles were being towed away. Fox News, "Post Malone involved in car accident two weeks after plane tires blowout: 'God must hate me'," 2 Oct. 2018 Carrie Underwood, in all her pink caped glory, chatted with Ellen on Wednesday to talk about her new album, Cry Pretty, her terrifying accident, and of course, her growing baby bump. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Ellen Degeneres 'Reveals' the Gender of Carrie Underwood's Baby on Her Show," 19 Sep. 2018 Many of his grays have been rescued, like this parrot chatting me up in Zulu. National Geographic, "This Popular Parrot 'Talks' Like Us. But We're Silencing It.," 21 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Group FaceTime allows you to video chat with up to 32 people simultaneously and supports stickers, video filters, and Animoji/Memoji. Chris Welch, The Verge, "iOS 12.1 coming October 30th with group FaceTime, dual-SIM support, and ‘beautygate’ fix," 29 Oct. 2018 On Monday morning Facebook announced Portal, a new hardware component similar to an iPad that allows people to video chat with friends via the social network. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook Takes a Break from Privacy Scandals to Release a Smart Camera That Films You in Your Home," 8 Oct. 2018 Unsurprisingly, Portal devices use Facebook Messenger to video chat with others. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Facebook unveils smart displays, promises not to snoop on your video calls," 8 Oct. 2018 Seahawks beat writer Bob Condotta answers all your questions in this live chat. Seattle Times Sports Staff, The Seattle Times, "12 p.m. Seahawks live chat with Bob Condotta | Will Earl Thomas be traded? Can Seattle rebound from its 1-2 start?," 25 Sep. 2018 The royal walked down the red carpet and past the cameras before sitting down to chat with Matilda Booth, a seven-year-old with spina bifida who is one of the winners at this year's award ceremony. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wore a Sleek Black Altuzarra Suit for the WellChild Awards," 4 Sep. 2018 Tibbetts is believed to have sent a snapchat message to chat and been on her computer doing homework around 10 p.m. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Mollie Tibbetts: Fox News takes a look at the location where the missing girl is last thought to have been," 2 Aug. 2018 Its open layout lends itself to socializing, and a common room in the lobby, outfitted with a few tables and a coffee machine, brings guests together in the mornings for breakfast and in the evenings to chat. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "For Puerto Rican Storm Evacuees, Another Moving Day Looms," 30 June 2018 Gifted Intervention Specialist and Enriched Language Arts Teacher Samantha Lumpkin at North Royalton City Schools had a student doing an independent study on Mars and decided to invite other students interested in Mars to the video chat as well. Charlene Paparizos, cleveland.com, "Valley Vista Elementary Students Have Chance to "Go" to Mars: Community Voices," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chat

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chat

Verb

Middle English chatten, short for chatteren

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chat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of chat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to talk with someone in a casual way

: to talk over the Internet by sending messages back and forth in a chat room

chat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chat (Entry 2 of 2)

: a light and friendly conversation

: a talk held over the Internet by people using a chat room

chat

verb
\ˈchat \
chatted; chatting

Kids Definition of chat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to talk in a friendly way about things that are not serious

2 : to talk over the Internet by sending messages back and forth in a chat room

chat

noun

Kids Definition of chat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a light friendly conversation

2 : a talk held over the Internet by people using a chat room

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