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 Players can sign up, connect and chat through a channel on the social media network Discord. Ben Sales, sun-sentinel.com, "Jewish and into video games? There’s an esports league for that," 6 Oct. 2020 People read posts on financial blogs like Seeking Alpha and the Motley Fool and chat across Twitter, Discord, Telegram, and elsewhere. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Atom looks to capitalize on the stock market craze with a new analytics subscription," 6 Oct. 2020 Dissenters, on the other hand, are accused by other forum users of spying for the Chinese Communist Party, have their personal contact information published or even their life threatened in direct messages, according to interviews and chat records. Brian Spegele, WSJ, "Fundraising Feud Spurs Anger Among a Chinese Exile, His Followers and His Detractors," 4 Oct. 2020 College students, hippies, beatniks, writers and scholars would walk to Savran’s to pick up a book, listen to a reading or simply chat. Miguel Otárola, Star Tribune, "Bill Savran, Savran's Paperback Shop owner, dies at 84," 1 Oct. 2020 Hulu, Disney+'s sister streaming service, has also tested its own Watch Party in which viewers can virtually watch and chat about content with other people remotely. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "Disney+ now lets you binge watch with friends, even when you're not together," 29 Sep. 2020 Start the lesson late so that the students can chat among themselves. Eli Reiter, Wired, "How Teachers Can Foster Community in Online Classrooms," 25 Sep. 2020 People in retirement homes don’t always get visitors, so seeing a smiling face coming to do activities or just to chat with them is much appreciated. cleveland, "Dear Annie: I’m hurt by the way my husband reacted to news of my nephew’s passing," 23 Sep. 2020 People in retirement homes don’t always get visitors, so seeing a smiling face coming to do activities or just to chat with them is much appreciated. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Husband brushes off wife’s grief over deaths in the family," 23 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s supposed to help commanders act more quickly in tricky situations, instead of having to wait for personnel to collect observations from radar and other sources via voice calls and computer chat. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Behind Anduril’s Effort to Create an Operating System for War," 8 Oct. 2020 Some, like a video chat app, will need full access. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "The new trick to know when your phone’s camera or mic is being used," 8 Oct. 2020 All communication takes place on IMAlive's free online chat. Juliana Labianca, Good Housekeeping, "21 Virtual Volunteer Opportunities You Can Do From Home," 7 Oct. 2020 Arguably the biggest update Slack is making to its chat app is giving employees the ability to send workers outside of their organizations direct messages, or DMs. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Slack keeps up with the coronavirus pandemic through new updates like corporate DMs," 7 Oct. 2020 Bickerstaff wasn’t the only one raving about that chat. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine, Kid Cudi, Michael Strahan and group of NBA champions: Inside J.B. Bickerstaff’s lauded guest-speaker series," 6 Oct. 2020 For Truth in Advertising and for some rare honesty in our public discourse, can the Post agree to call this chat something else when Gene isn't here? The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor with Gene Weingarten," 6 Oct. 2020 But sometimes, that informal discussion before the meeting, or the quick chat afterward, can be just as important as the meeting itself. Alexandra Carter, NBC News, "How to claim a seat at the virtual table – including Zoom," 6 Oct. 2020 As part of this announcement, Google Meet video chat is also coming to the individual Google document editors (Docs, Sheets, etc). Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Behold the new icons for Gmail, Drive, Calendar, and Meet," 6 Oct. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for chat

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The first known use of chat was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

15 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Chat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chat. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for chat

chat

verb
How to pronounce chat (audio)

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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