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 way, technology has reverted the bed to its earlier role: a place to socialize – chatting with friends, maybe even strangers – late into the night. Brian Fagan, The Conversation, "The bizarre social history of beds," 13 Sep. 2019 Brazil said the two amiably chatted until about midnight. AZCentral.com, "Don Bolles files: The case of Skippy Brazil, the drug informant who was set on fire," 28 Aug. 2019 Farmington was among the first schools in the state to ring in the new school year, and parents and teachers gathered outside of the buildings Monday morning and chatted as their children found their new classrooms. Emily Brindley, courant.com, "Farmington schools open for the year, among earliest in the state," 26 Aug. 2019 Three visiting Midwestern chefs who focus on local foods and sustainability will cook Sunday suppers and chat with guests at Braise restaurant in Walker’s Point. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have Sunday supper and chat with Midwestern chefs during Braise restaurant's Leaders in Local Food series," 14 Aug. 2019 Zane's your gadget character, able to make a hologram of himself (and chat with it). Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Crusader Kings II is as cheap as it will ever get, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep delayed," 2 Aug. 2019 As she and her doctor were chatting, Sweeney mentioned in passing that a pesky bump had recently appeared on her nose. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Days of Our Lives Star Ali Sweeney Reveals a Small Bump on Her Nose Was Actually Skin Cancer," 25 July 2019 Despite being on the receiving end at the end of Round 1, Poirier grinned at Nurmagomedov and chatted happily with his corner before the action resumed. Simon Head, MMA Junkie, "UFC 242 results: Khabib Nurmagomedov submits Dustin Poirier in third to retain title," 7 Sep. 2019 One recurring message in the group-chat app Telegram holds, without evidence, that Kurdish guards are kidnapping children and forcing them to serve in Kurdish militias. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Guns, Filth and ISIS: Syrian Camp Is ‘Disaster in the Making’," 3 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thursday's settlement stems from a complaint made by a former employee, Kevin Cernekee, who has said he was retaliated against and fired for expressing conservative viewpoints on company chat forums. Rachel Lerman, chicagotribune.com, "Google, in settlement, agrees to remind its workers of right to free speech on workplace issues," 12 Sep. 2019 With the latest Chrome OS update and Google Duo, the Chromebook 14 makes for a convenient video chat device as well as an impromptu photo booth. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: How to buy a Chromebook, plus our best picks," 7 Sep. 2019 Quigg and fellow officers will host more chats, as well as a tour of the Dallas African American Museum for neighborhood kids on Sept. 14. María Méndez, Dallas News, "At barbershop forum, Dallas police pass the peace with youth days after girl slain," 17 Aug. 2019 The men did not discuss the Senate debate that night at dinner, Bouchard said in an interview, describing it as an amicable introductory chat. Anchorage Daily News, "McConnell-backed effort to lift Russian sanctions boosted a project in his home state," 14 Aug. 2019 Astros TV partners Todd Kalas and Geoff Blum were also-rans in the contest with Sparks and Vegas, a native of Venezuela who had an extended chat with Jose Altuve prior to Thursday’s game and also met with catcher Robinson Chirinos. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "PGA Tour golfer Jhonattan Vegas wins chipping contest at Minute Maid Park," 12 Sep. 2019 Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin apparently had a phone chat this morning, and further groundwork will be laid later this month. David Meyer, Fortune, "Should the CEO Be the CSO?: CEO Daily," 5 Sep. 2019 What happens in Vegas in 2019 will haunt you in the group chat forever. Wired, "The Beautiful Potential of Never-Ending Bachelor Parties," 22 Aug. 2019 Rossello finally resigned on Friday following weeks of protests over offensive chat messages and corruption charges against former administration officials. Reuters, The Mercury News, "New Puerto Rico governor sworn in, still awaiting approval," 2 Aug. 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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