variants: or less commonly dialog
Essential Meaning of dialogue
1 : the things that are said by the characters in a story, movie, play, etc. He is an expert at writing dialogue. There's very little dialogue in the film. See More ExamplesThe best part of the book is the clever dialogue. Students were asked to read dialogues from the play.
2 formal : a discussion or series of discussions that two groups or countries have in order to end a disagreement The two sides involved in the labor dispute are trying to establish a dialogue. The two parties have been in constant dialogue with each other.
3 : a conversation between two or more people They had a lengthy dialogue [=(more commonly) talk] about her plans for college.
Full Definition of dialogue
(Entry 1 of 2)
1 : a written composition in which two or more characters are represented as conversing
2a : a conversation between two or more persons also : a similar exchange between a person and something else (such as a computer)
b : an exchange of ideas and opinions organized a series of dialogues on human rights
c : a discussion between representatives of parties to a conflict that is aimed at resolution a constructive dialogue between loggers and environmentalists
3 : the conversational element of literary or dramatic composition very little dialogue in this film writes realistic dialogue
4 : a musical composition for two or more parts suggestive of a conversation
Definition of dialogue (Entry 2 of 2)
: to take part in a dialogue managers dialoguing with employees
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