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

If that’s you, chat with your doctor or physical therapist before attempting the move, advises Borden. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Do Nordic Curls to Strengthen Your Hamstrings, Like Celebrity Trainer Ashley Borden," 14 Feb. 2019 In the post, viewers see Offset laying down music in the studio, video chatting in a car, performing on stage to a large audience, and then the video quickly cuts to the hospital on July 10, 2018. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Offset Shares a Video of Cardi B Giving Birth to Baby Kulture," 12 Feb. 2019 House Beautiful recently chatted with Eric to learn more about how the pair turned their house into a family-friendly oasis. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "6 Ways Eric and Jessie James Decker Turned Their House Into a Cozy Oasis," 2 Feb. 2019 Hushed on a recent Friday morning, the building was empty except for a group of nannies and toddlers playing and chatting in an activity room. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "These are Seattle’s fastest growing neighborhoods. Next year, they’ll lose their only community center.," 22 Oct. 2018 Amazon will be adding support for Skype video chatting in the future, too. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Facebook unveils smart displays, promises not to snoop on your video calls," 8 Oct. 2018 In audio recordings released over the internet, Russell can be heard chatting in an upbeat, enthusiastic tone with the air traffic controllers trying to talk him down. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "It's Troublingly Common for Ground Crew Members To Steal Planes," 13 Aug. 2018 Every cafe still brims, and outside the kids still juggle, and during the inevitable boring stretches of mediocre games, strangers continue to chat in 50 languages. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "New Sentences: From ‘What We Think About When We Think About Soccer’," 5 July 2018 And several stopped to ask to take a photo with him and chatted in Spanish. Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, "Reaching out to California voters, one handshake at a time," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

College students show up for shopping, chores and chit-chat. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "On-Demand Grandkids and Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay," 23 Feb. 2019 The ephemera, the scraps, are enshrined with the big stuff, the arguments, declarations, and discoveries, our conversations flattened into one years-long instant message chat. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Delete Your Account," 10 Feb. 2019 This sounds more realistic than royal staffers ducking for cover every time Markle sends a G-chat. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here's How Meghan Markle's Staff Actually Feels About Her," 8 Jan. 2019 There was less clickbait in the News Feed in 2018, but increasingly our eyeballs were moving elsewhere — with group chats and Instagram stories leading the way. Casey Newton, The Verge, "The Verge 2018 tech report card: Facebook," 26 Dec. 2018 Working from home & meeting via video chat is greener than commuting in to their spaces (and the real future of work). Michelle Gant, Fox News, "WeWork no longer reimbursing meals containing meat," 16 July 2018 Every few days, Nasheed talks to his supporters in video chat sessions, giving speeches and answering questions from people gathered in community centers or makeshift campaign offices. Washington Post, "AP Interview: Fugitive Maldives ex-leader aims for return," 1 June 2018 Pierce's family last saw her about a year ago, White said, aside from regular phone calls and video chats. Nicole Blanchard, idahostatesman, "Transgender Boise woman killed in Portland 'had the biggest heart of anyone I know' | Idaho Statesman," 24 May 2018 Mark yourself as 'going' to get a reminder in Facebook Questions: Submit questions in advance at - http://bit.ly/2tRDvkQ #BookmarkThis is a series of live video chats with best-selling authors, and fans can submit questions in advance. Indianapolis Star, "#BookmarkThis with Al Roker," 9 May 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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The first known use of chat was in the 15th century

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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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