talk up


talked up; talking up; talks up

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to speak up plainly or directly

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
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Word History

First Known Use

1722, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of talk up was in 1722

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“Talk up.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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