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

Users chat with it regularly, adding a little bit to their Replika’s knowledge and understanding of themselves with each interaction. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "This app is trying to replicate you," 29 Aug. 2019 Miller drafts most of the president's public remarks, sometimes chatting with him beforehand to hear his thoughts and then crafting them into a speech. al, "How Stephen Miller controls Trump’s immigration policy," 18 Aug. 2019 Better yet, fans are able to get an up-close-and-personal look at many of those vehicles — while chatting with the owners and drivers — in between races. NBC News, "Pebble Beach Car Week: Where one-percenters can blow $48 million on a car," 16 Aug. 2019 He was pulled aside briefly by Gators assistant Keiwan Ratliff and figured the coach just wanted to chat for a bit, but Coach Rat dropped the news on the speedy Leary. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Gators offer speedy 2021 Edgewater slot receiver Christian Leary," 26 July 2019 Guests taste-tested the chefs’ creations while chatting. Melanie Feuk, Houston Chronicle, "Harvey-hit senior living facility celebrates grand reopening in Spring area," 21 July 2019 But in the following weeks, her cellphone would light up regularly — even as late as midnight — with questions from students who wanted to chat about a problem or set up appointments. Dallas News, "How this Texas college gives every single student help with trauma, mental health," 6 July 2019 The 34-year-old center has visited with the Stars and Lightning so far, while chatting with other teams as well. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Top 20 Unrestricted Free Agents Available in 2019 NHL Offseason," 27 June 2019 Hello, Northern Kentucky, my name is Julia andI want to chat about your communities, your schools and your governments. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "Hello, Northern Kentucky. Let's talk about chili, schools, government and your lives," 23 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Most rides require tickets ($3 each, or 10 for $27), but some activities, including chats with zookeepers and singalongs with Mary Macaroni and the Impastas, cost nothing. Web Behrens, chicagotribune.com, "Labor Day is over, time to start planning for fall. Here’s a list of awesome family activities around Chicago.," 4 Sep. 2019 In a paper published on Arxiv, the researchers describe training a group of 100 deep neural net algorithms which compete against one another in generating dialogue to most closely match dialogue taken from the real human-to-human chats. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, "An Offer You Can’t Refuse: How A.I. Is Poised to Transform Negotiations. Eye on A.I.," 3 Sep. 2019 The women’s grievances are on display in the group chat channels where some of them congregate, which simmer with violent videos, sinister rumors and desperation. Vivian Yee, New York Times, "Guns, Filth and ISIS: Syrian Camp Is ‘Disaster in the Making’," 3 Sep. 2019 Among the tweets was a link to a message board on the chat service Discord. NBC News, "Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's account hacked," 30 Aug. 2019 Typically when group interviews with the coach or star players break, the more established media members tend to linger a bit and have some on- or off-the-record chit-chat. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "A Big Year for the Media Members Covering the Browns’ Big Year," 27 Aug. 2019 After Identity Evropa’s internal online chats were leaked, the group rebranded as the American Identity Movement. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Colorado Air Force master sergeant remains in military after investigation into white nationalist ties," 27 Aug. 2019 On a recent Saturday afternoon in Chicago, Litwin chats over pizza at his favorite restaurant. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive.com, "He went to jail for impersonating a doctor; then, he went to medical school," 24 Aug. 2019 Coffee chat: Bulldog high school Principal Leo Spagnola invites Olmsted Falls parents to a coffee meet and greet at 7:45 a.m. Sept. 9 and 6 p.m. Sept. 11. cleveland.com, "Summer comes alive through cardboard and paper: Olmsted Dates and Data," 23 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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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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