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

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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

Instead, the queen donned a pair of wellies, a hooded olive raincoat, and one of her signature silk headscarves and headed out to watch the events and chat with fellow equine fans. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "No One Looks Happier Sitting in the Rain Than Queen Elizabeth at a Horse Show," 9 May 2019 Along with the new information and set of photos, BMW released a video with Martin Tomczyk, a race-car driver who runs the M8 GTE, chatting with Jörg Weidinger, the product manager for M driving dynamics, about the M8 and its new systems. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The 2020 BMW M8 Will Have Adjustable Brake-Pedal Feel," 9 May 2019 Meghan and Michelle met after the discussion and chatted for a long time. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama Just Congratulated Meghan & Harry on the Birth of Baby Sussex," 6 May 2019 Alexander Skarsgård, dressed as a latter-day Colonel Mustard, settled into his seat next to Helena Christensen, and artist Chloe Wise chatted with Rainey Qualley. Chloe Malle, Vogue, "Cara Delevingne, Ashley Benson, and Chanel Fete the Tribeca Film Festival," 2 May 2019 Often people ask to go for rides just to chat with her, and once a pregnant passenger delivered a baby in her front seat en route to the hospital. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 Another photo in the gallery features Prince William and Prince Harry chatting before the wedding. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Celebrate Their Wedding Anniversary With a Sweet Instagram Post," 29 Apr. 2019 Aside from gushing about Justin, Billie also opened up about her Tourette Syndrome while chatting with Ellen Degeneres. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Every Time Billie Eilish Got Real About Living With Tourette Syndrome," 25 Apr. 2019 Brie Larson and Rami Malek chatted at the end of the red carpet; Gayle King waltzed by before being greeted by admirers at every possible turn. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "See Taylor Swift and All the Celebrities Who Attended the Time 100 Gala," 24 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At Home Advisor Instead of getting physically stationed at the nearest Genius Bars, At Home Advisors connect with Apple users all over the country via phone calls and online chats. Kathleen Corlett, Woman's Day, "How to Work for Apple Without Leaving Your House," 1 May 2019 Finally, Jake chats with Stephanie Hsu, star of Broadway’s new musical, Be More Chill. Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "Drake Bell Just Revealed His Thoughts On Reuniting with Josh Peck for a "Drake & Josh" Reboot," 18 Mar. 2019 But the chat was perhaps a little sleepier than hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies expected. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Um, Did Michael Bolton Just Fall Asleep on Live TV?," 6 Feb. 2019 Video chat is probably a good point of entry for them. Eric Johnson, Recode, "What’s next for virtual assistants like Alexa? Maybe buying stuff for you automatically.," 24 Dec. 2018 The cast is capable, but the scenes with the body aren’t funny enough, and Wilkes and Maggie’s chat isn’t deep enough. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Hulu’s horror anthology Into the Dark represents the good and bad sides of Blumhouse Productions," 5 Oct. 2018 Perhaps a chat is in order with Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle regarding Rondo. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "Will we ever know what PED Julian Edelman took?," 6 July 2018 Eagles beat writer Zach Berman took a break from covering mandatory minicamp to host a live chat starting at 11 a.m. Here is a transcript. Zach Berman, Philly.com, "Eagles chat replay: Zach Berman talks minicamp and more," 13 June 2018 Google Hangout and apps like House Party have tried group video for years, but video chat and conference video have always been terrible. Andrew Goble, GQ, "Apple WWDC 2018: The 4 Biggest iPhone Improvements for iOS 12," 5 June 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 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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