chat

verb
\ ˈchat \
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

One would imagine the former actress would have much to chat about with this group. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Had a Laugh with Outlander Star Caitriona Balfe in Dublin," 11 July 2018 During the Huggies By Design launch party, the duo took a few minutes to chat over the phone about the difference between having two kids versus one, their biggest takeaways as dads, and why one little phrase from Poppy can make their whole day. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Nate Berkus And Jeremiah Brent Get Real About The "Beautiful Chaos" Of Raising Two Kids," 25 June 2018 And when one is distracted or takes a moment to chat with a construction worker, the other speaks up. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Dee Rowe And Andy Baylock Are UConn's Chatty Treasures," 6 June 2018 The students were surprised by a visit from Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham, who chatted with them inside the lower level of the old library. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Chicago writing students get tour of Waukegan — 'the garden where Ray Bradbury grew'," 3 May 2018 The shopkeeper who chatted with the girls was shot and killed near his home, reportedly after trying to mediate some dispute. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Cairo: A Type of Love Story," 30 Apr. 2018 The company is also considering selling to individuals, who could chat with Freud, or even a therapist of their choosing, in the comfort of their homes. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "The Future of Therapy: Becoming Someone Else in VR," 16 Apr. 2018 The few that signed up didn't stick around because there was only a few people to chat with. Elvis Chidera, CNN, "I went from rural Nigeria to an MIT-backed startup -- with a Nokia phone," 10 Apr. 2018 Turshen will take time to chat and answer questions at the event. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The best Indianapolis food and drink events in April," 2 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most recently, Stone founded Huckle, a live group chat app for Twitter, which was used by celebrities and national media publications to drive engagement and growth for their accounts. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Former Songkick, Taylor Swift Digital Execs Launch Project Admission, a Data-Driven Ticketing Venture," 5 July 2018 Throughout eight episodes the intertwined narratives of Erin, Jasmine, and Natalie are interrupted by product showcases and supportive group chats. Ben Wofford, Glamour, "The NRA's Most Wanted Customer: Women," 28 June 2018 At Texas Tech University, a group of fraternity brothers' violently racist, immigrant-hating group chat has been made public, sparking an investigation by the school. refinery29.com, "Texas Tech Frat Members Call For Hunting Immigrants In Racist Group Chat," 22 June 2018 Barnitt said the major players in March for Our Lives — including David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, Delaney Tarr and others — have been in daily contact in person and in group chats as the Florida tour has developed. Ben Crandell, Sun-Sentinel.com, "March for Our Lives' Road to Change Florida tour begins Friday in Parkland," 21 June 2018 Apple is tackling smartphone addiction and adding group video chats to FaceTime in the new iOS12. Michael Liedtke, USA TODAY, "Apple to tighten iPhone data security by closing gap used by police to crack devices," 14 June 2018 The group chat started as an efficient way to distribute the details of funerals and burials of classmates and teachers, 17 over 11 days. New York Times, "‘Are We Going to Die Today?’ Inside a Parkland Classroom as Bullets Flew," 6 June 2018 Facebook has long offered filters and group video chats. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple’s New Features Take Aim at Facebook," 5 June 2018 The idea for downing chocolate milk in between laps around a track was born out of an online group chat that was formed between Neuqua Valley and Hinsdale Central runners in 2014. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Milk Mile challenge: down three cups of milk while running a mile without tossing your cookies — for charity, of course," 1 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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Phrases Related to chat

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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 \
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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