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

Twitch had just launched a section for chatting rather than playing video games. Jeff Green, latimes.com, "How Amazon’s Twitch protects its LGBT community from online harassment," 8 July 2019 There’s an argument in favor of making the experience of video chatting feel more natural, but there’s an equal argument against forcing an appearance of intimacy or attention. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, "FaceTime feature in iOS 13 feigns eye contact during video calls," 3 July 2019 When President Obama's daughters attended their first state dinner in 2016, a photographer snapped a photo of Sasha chatting with Ryan Reynolds while Malia flashed her a thumbs up in the background. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "The Meaning Behind the #UnwantedIvanka Meme," 2 July 2019 My lovely partner will begin chatting about her day and my dog will decide now is the perfect time to demand some attention. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "We Tried Dolby's $600 Dimension Headphones. Are They Worth the Massive Price Tag?," 2 July 2019 On the bench, Kavanaugh is polite, deferential with his colleagues and often chatting and laughing quietly with Kagan. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, "Gorsuch, Kavanaugh shift the Supreme Court, but their differences are striking," 30 June 2019 The alleged snub went down when Kate was chatting with Queen Letizia of Spain. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Accused of Ignoring Camilla Parker Bowles in a Video with Queen Letizia of Spain," 30 June 2019 Guests could grab a glass and ponder the piece, sit and chat on cozy couches, or wander through the wares of dozens of galleries set up at Manhattan’s Piers 92 and 94 in March of this year. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Why Champagne Brands Are Partnering With Art Fairs," 29 June 2019 Here was attorney general William Tong, taking part in a ceremonial signing, posing for group photos and chatting happily with cameras in his face. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn’s official move to the Big East finally opens the door for questions to be answered," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The company’s 119,000 doctors and caregivers will also get access to Microsoft’s Office software and its Teams chat service. Washington Post, "Microsoft, hospital chain reach cloud deal," 9 July 2019 This week our five-minute chat covers new food at Progressive Field for All-Star festivities, the latest on the Cleveland Brewery Passport program and a special new beer fest at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "All-Star food, Cleveland Brewery Passport, more: WTAM food-drinks chat," 2 July 2019 Humaniq, for instance, is a blockchain startup that offers its 500,000 users in 46 developing nations a digital wallet coupled with an online chat service. Nir Kshetri, Quartz India, "Facebook’s cryptocurrency, Libra, could be a boon for developing nations like India," 26 June 2019 Humaniq, for instance, is a blockchain startup that offers its 500,000 users in 46 developing nations a digital wallet coupled with an online chat service. Nir Kshetri, The Conversation, "Facebook’s Libra may be quite attractive in developing countries," 25 June 2019 Just last year, Chris and Caleb met on the Discord chat service. Julie Jargon, WSJ, "For Two Men With Autism, 1,000 Miles Apart, Gaming Was a Portal to Friendship," 25 June 2019 Popular chat service Discord is experiencing issues today due to network problems at Cloudflare. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Discord down due to Cloudflare outage affecting parts of the web," 24 June 2019 Khalil Mack relished his chat with Hall of Fame pass rusher Richard Dent at the Bears100 Celebration. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "What Khalil Mack took from his chat with Hall of Famer Richard Dent at the Bears100 Celebration," 11 June 2019 Facebook is pushing a digital payments system in India through its chat service, WhatsApp (see article). The Economist, "The second half of humanity is joining the internet," 8 June 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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Britannica English: Translation of chat for Arabic Speakers

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