talk up

verb
talked up; talking up; talks up

Definition of talk up

transitive verb

: to discuss favorably : advocate, promote talk up the new product

intransitive verb

: to speak up plainly or directly

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Examples of talk up in a Sentence

the director and actors are making the obligatory rounds of the late-night shows to talk up their new movie feel free to talk up if you have any objections
Recent Examples on the Web Khai's father, musician Zayn Malik, has also been busy working, having released his latest album, Nobody Is Listening, while still making time to talk up Hadid and their new roles as parents. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Takes Baby Khai for a Stylish Stroll in a Moncler Trench and Dr. Martens," 23 Mar. 2021 In his first public remarks since leaving office Jan. 20, Trump, in interviews with Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network, mostly passed up chances to talk up a 2024 presidential bid. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Trump keeps tight-lipped on future plans as he returns to media spotlight with interview blitz," 17 Feb. 2021 Momentum develops, trend-followers pile on, the media talk up the story, the chat rooms get going, and investor sentiment ripens to a golden glow of positivity. George Calhoun, Forbes, "GameStop: Were The Short Sellers Routed? Does It Matter? (Beware The ‘Gamma’)," 19 Mar. 2021 Klobucharalso visited The Block Food & Drink in St. Louis Park on Sunday to talk up the $1.9 trillion relief package. Brooks Johnson, Star Tribune, "Virus relief package a 'lighthouse' for Duluth restaurants and bars," 14 Mar. 2021 Bob Helbig, media partnerships director at Energage, said it’s no surprise organizations are showing more interest in having their employees talk up their workplaces. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Top Workplaces 2021 is a chance for businesses and organizations to show how they navigated their way through COVID-19. The deadline to enter has been extended.," 13 Mar. 2021 Similar to the online chat rooms that surrounded the late-1990s dot-com bubble, social-media sites such as Facebook, TikTok and the messaging platform Discord became hubs to talk up trades, sometimes helping send shares of companies on a wild ride. Caitlin Mccabe, WSJ, "New Army of Individual Investors Flexes Its Muscle," 30 Dec. 2020 Last week, the first lady met with teachers' union heads to talk up Biden's promise to open K-8 schools as soon as safely possible. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "First lady Jill Biden's staff to monitor task force to reunite separated families," 28 Jan. 2021 But others are urging supporters and insiders to talk up the achievements. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Final list: Trump cites 603 ‘accomplishments,’ tax cuts, judges, border wall," 17 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of talk up

1722, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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3 Apr 2021

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“Talk up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talk%20up. Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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