chat

verb
\ ˈchat How to pronounce chat (audio) \
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

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 From 1982 to 1991, the late Deirdre O’Donoghue hosted the nighttime KCRW radio show Snap!, which fused live music, chat, and old-fashioned record playing. Eric Mcquade, The Atlantic, 27 Dec. 2021 To him, the metaverse would be a virtual environment in which people could chat, play games, hold meetings, and buy things (of course)—the sort of shiny new thing that leaders trot out when things are going bad. Tim De Chant, Ars Technica, 23 Dec. 2021 Interrupting their video games to chat may have the opposite result. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 20 Dec. 2021 Fewer people see a reason to dial anyone up to chat, preferring texting, FaceTime-style video calls or messaging apps, said Michael J. Wolf, CEO of Activate Inc., a technology and strategy consulting company. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 The app, which launched in November, allows users to video chat one-on-one with celebrities and experts. Dalvin Brown, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2021 The ones who stay, who are also in pajamas, help themselves to food or drink, park themselves on a couch or chair (with a fleecy blanket, of course) and read, chat, watch movies on Netflix, nap, play a board game, whatever. cleveland, 22 Dec. 2021 The ones who stay, who are also in pajamas, help themselves to food or drink, park themselves on a couch or chair (with a fleecy blanket, of course) and read, chat, watch movies on Netflix, nap, play a board game, whatever. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 22 Dec. 2021 However, the couple made sure to chat — Prince Philip called his wife by radio from the Royal Yacht Britannia. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, 21 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dozens of clients have been unable to make withdrawals from Coinsuper since late November, based on a review of messages on the firm’s official Telegram chat. Sarah Zheng, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2022 Apple is not the first tech company to come up with a must-have chat tool among young people, and such services sometimes struggle to stay relevant. Tim Higgins, WSJ, 8 Jan. 2022 Nathan Bracken chats with Brad Wilson, during a fireside chat on water policies and strategies, during the Great Salt Lake Summit at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Wednesday, January 5, 2022. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 Jan. 2022 Together, a new app that will allow Samsung TV owners to video chat with their friends and families while watching shows, movies, and concerts together. Micah Singleton, Billboard, 6 Jan. 2022 Panel discussion, dinner, fireside chat and showcase. Cindy Kent, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Jan. 2022 Buoyed by a confidence-building pre-game chat with Mack, Ellis twice made go-ahead 3-pointers with less than seven minutes remaining and later put Louisville ahead to stay with a step-back jump shot to break a 63-63 tie. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, 6 Jan. 2022 The topic of budget-conscious cooking came up in last week’s chat. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2022 Just ahead of Thanksgiving, the couple said during a chat on E! Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 5 Jan. 2022

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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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The first known use of chat was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

13 Jan 2022

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“Chat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chat. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for chat

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 How to pronounce chat (audio) \
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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