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 This week’s rally—though tamer by comparison—has similarly lighted up Reddit forums, Discord chat rooms and Twitter feeds. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, 26 May 2021 This is the encrypted app where ISIS chat rooms are located. James Harkin, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 The pandemic has exacerbated scarcities of medical supplies and drugs, fueling a proliferation of WhatsApp chat rooms filled with private vendors offering oxygen concentrators for $5,000 and oxygen tanks for $500. Washington Post, 25 Apr. 2021 Textbooks and blackboards have been replaced with much faster online research, chat rooms and interactive games, allowing for teachers to cover more material with their classes in a shorter time frame. Kim Luongo, chicagotribune.com, 29 Mar. 2021 Fraudsters can use online platforms (including social news aggregators, investment research websites, online investment newsletters, ratings websites, message boards, chat rooms, and discussion forums) to spread false or misleading information. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2021 The result: a multiple room virtual experience with recorded and live video, chat rooms, and online vendors. al, 5 Mar. 2021 Subscriptions, scanners, publications, market data, professional services, chat rooms, mentors, coaches, supplies, phone, travel, seminars, conferences, assistants, and consultants. Home-office expenses for the business portion of the home. Robert Green, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 Authorities said Ice used different email accounts and chat rooms in an attempt to remain anonymous. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 22 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Live chat is when someone from your team directly chats with a customer about their concerns. Steve Tan, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Some details of those days have faded over the decades, but Morris thinks that chat with Sayers was in September 1971 and that his plane ticket was purchased after that, possibly at the department store where his mother worked. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 9 June 2021 Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder has a chat with Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) during a break in the action, as the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 123-75, in Salt Lake City, Monday, March 28, 2016. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 May 2021 The group chat of messages, pictures and grid coordinates is a virtual meeting room for Afghan and American forces planning daily bombing runs in the province. New York Times, 13 May 2021 Carolyn has a live chat with readers on Fridays at noon. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 11 May 2021 Her video chat was not long enough, her quips were not Trouty enough, and dear lord, her necklace was not big enough. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 6 May 2021 Sources say the swelling has gone down over the last few days and coaches had an encouraging chat with the training staff, but Garland’s rest-of-season status will be tied to how the ankle responds. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 3 May 2021 Featherstone and her friends have a group chat to talk about the vaccine rollout in their province, and freely vent their frustrations and concerns without fear of being judged. Katherine Singh, refinery29.com, 22 Apr. 2021

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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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Time Traveler for chat

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

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Last Updated

18 Jun 2021

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“Chat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chat. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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