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

In a second image (below), Ray is chatting with a woman who looks terrified. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Mr Inbetween successfully keeps his lives separate in first look images — but for how long?," 31 July 2019 An accompanying video sent to reporters featured clips of Netanyahu chatting with the three leaders. Sam Sokol, sun-sentinel.com, "As Russia cracks down on dissent, Netanyahu campaign ads feature Putin," 31 July 2019 Annie Garrison chatted with potential job seekers at a job fair Thursday, answering questions about open positions, benefits and pay in State Farm’s banking department. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "To fill 1,200 jobs in Richardson, State Farm turns to technology for a virtual job fair," 11 July 2019 Consumers don’t have to pay a dime to chat with friends on Facebook, search for the best route using Google Maps, exchange emails, comb the internet for facts and figures or engage in countless other activities. Amanda Lotz, The Conversation, "Amazon, Google and Facebook warrant antitrust scrutiny for many reasons – not just because they’re large," 24 June 2019 Pagenaud and Trump chatted about racing and posed for photos inside the Oval Office and outside the White House, in front of Pagenaud's winning car. Indianapolis Star, "Hogsett's home fix gets IndyStar scrutiny, and Buttigieg delivers foreign policy speech," 12 June 2019 Katharine Abraham, an economics professor at the University of Maryland, was chatting with her hairdresser one night about retirement plans. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "The number of Americans working in their 70s is skyrocketing," 3 June 2019 The view and also the ball boys would throw us balls and the players would come up and chat. Scott King, BostonGlobe.com, "White Sox first team to use foul pole-to-pole netting," 22 July 2019 Harrison starts chatting him up, and Luke takes an awkwardly long time to answer each question. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelorette' recap: 'The Luke P. show is canceled,' Hannah declares," 22 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Program: Brett Perlman, president and CEO, Center for Houston’s Future, will introduce a fireside chat with Shannon Buggs, director, Complete Communities, city of Houston, and David Cohen, senior vice president and chief diversity officer, Comcast. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Business calendar: Upcoming events in the area," 2 Aug. 2019 But more importantly, the archangel Michael makes his debut and asks to have a chat with Dean. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Supernatural binge guide: 75 essential episodes to watch," 31 July 2019 Just days later, Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism published almost 900 pages of derogatory text messages Rosselló sent in a private group chat with 11 advisers. Tess Vrbin, courant.com, "‘A people’s victory': Hartford’s Puerto Rican community reacts to Gov. Rosselló’s resignation," 25 July 2019 Tonight: Have a long overdue chat with a close friend or loved one. BostonGlobe.com, "Horoscope," 24 July 2019 Human resource departments for larger corporations regularly update the career pages with listings for open positions, and spying one here would be an equally opportune moment to have a chat about your future with the company. Kathleen Corlett, Woman's Day, "How to Ask for a Promotion and Actually Get It," 23 July 2019 Customers can also live chat with a Corvette Concierge online by visiting Chevrolet.com. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Next Generation Corvette on road trip to select dealers," 22 July 2019 During a White House event to mark the Apollo 11 anniversary, Mr. Trump raised the topic several times in a photo-op chat with Pence, moonwalker Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 crewmate Mike Collins, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and others. William Harwood, CBS News, "Pence reaffirms administration support for "moon-first" strategy," 21 July 2019 Videos viewed by Fox News show the activists calmly walking into the embassy, and one sitting in an office having a quiet chat with a member of Kim's diplomatic corps. Eric Shawn | Fox News, Fox News, "North Koreans want to kill ex-Marine accused of entering Spain embassy, judge says," 3 July 2019

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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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