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 File management apps such as Dropbox and Box, organizational apps such as Evernote and Trello, chat apps such as Signal and WhatsApp, and many more. David Nield, Wired, "How Two-Factor Authentication Keeps Your Accounts Safe," 12 July 2020 The guests will chat with Stewart virtually because filming took place during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hannah Chubb, PEOPLE.com, "Martha Stewart’s New HGTV Series to Feature Celeb Friends Snoop Dogg, Hailey Bieber and More!," 9 July 2020 Join the next Ultimate Summer Movie Showdown chat at 6 p.m. July 9. Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, "Watch: ‘Jaws’ and ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ live chat on the Ultimate Summer Movie Showdown," 2 July 2020 But Darrell’s passing also propels me toward love, inspiring me to chat up strangers, speak up for the helpless, and use my voice and my writing to make others, whatever their color or culture or nationality, feel seen. Donna Britt, Washington Post, "My brother was killed by police. Now I ask, who does George Floyd belong to?," 26 June 2020 His first night in Deerlaken, Carell stops in a bar to chat up some residents. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 times that Jon Stewart's new politics comedy 'Irresistible' has a Wisconsin accent," 23 June 2020 One bright spot on the medical landscape has been the increase in telemedicine, where patients chat via video or phone with their doctors instead of coming into the office for appointments. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, "Medicare chief Seema Verma reflects on lessons learned from the COVID-19 frontlines," 7 July 2020 Eli Palma runs a handful of neighborhood chat groups via the messaging service WhatsApp, and for years has been an informal moderator and liaison to local officials. Whitney Eulich, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘What we do is help’: Mexican neighbors boost each other in pandemic," 6 July 2020 The humane society has a Pet Resource Center where specialists field tens of thousands of calls and chat messages per year, most from people who want to surrender a pet. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, "'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19," 6 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So the now-familiar tool of pandemic-era business — the video chat and those little windows — became an unexpected opportunity for Japan's Cupids for hire. Washington Post, "Lockdowns make the heart grow fonder in Japan as online matchmaking surges," 12 July 2020 Take a cue from the 33 percent of people who believe that talking to passengers, even those seated in the back seat, poses a danger to others on the road and keep the chat light. oregonlive, "What you’ll need to take a safe, relaxing road trip: Hand sanitizer to coolers," 12 July 2020 Looking for a more convenient way to video chat with friends and family? Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend," 11 July 2020 The royal surprised young athletes from the Bond Primary School in South London by introducing them to British tennis star Andy Murray during a video chat last week, honoring what would have been the start of the Wimbledon tournament finals. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Wore Her Most Whimsical Dress Yet (with Tiny Tennis Players!) for Andy Murray Chat," 10 July 2020 On the surface, Slack seems like a synchronous communication tool, like the chat rooms and IM programs of old. Whitson Gordon, Wired, "How to Use Slack Without Driving Your Coworkers Crazy," 9 July 2020 Martinez turned their twice-weekly chat sesh into the world's best Zoom call. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Emmys: The time has come to nominate Desus & Mero," 9 July 2020 Frank Reda and his lawyer Alisa Boles were required to appear for a June 26 hearing held on video chat service Zoom. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Cleveland man evicted by Housing Court, lawyer says she never received link to virtual Zoom hearing," 9 July 2020 Thanks to a Zoom chat hosted by Meridian International Center to promote her book Protocol, Marshall laid down the rules for online meetings. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Protocol chief’s rules for Zoom nation," 24 June 2020

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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

23 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chat. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for chat

chat

verb
How to pronounce chat (audio)

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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