talk

verb
\ ˈtȯk How to pronounce talk (audio) \
talked; talking; talks

Definition of talk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to express or exchange ideas by means of spoken words
b : to convey information or communicate in any way (as with signs or sounds) can make a trumpet talk make the computer talk to the printer
2 : to use speech : speak
3a : to speak idly : prate
b : gossip
c : to reveal secret or confidential information
4 : to give a talk : lecture

transitive

1 : to deliver or express in speech : utter
2 : to make the subject of conversation or discourse : discuss talk business
3 : to influence, affect, or cause by talking talked them into going
4 : to use (a language) for conversing or communicating : speak
talk back
: to answer impertinently
talk sense
: to voice rational, logical, or sensible thoughts
talk through one's hat
: to voice irrational, illogical, or erroneous ideas
talk turkey
: to speak frankly or bluntly

talk

noun

Definition of talk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of talking : speech
2 : a way of speaking : language
3 : pointless or fruitless discussion : verbiage
4 : a formal discussion, negotiation, or exchange of views often used in plural
5a : mention, report
b : rumor, gossip
6 : the topic of interested comment, conversation, or gossip it's the talk of the town
b : written analysis or discussion presented in an informal or conversational manner
8 : communicative sounds or signs resembling or functioning as talk bird talk

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Other Words from talk

Verb

talker noun

Examples of talk in a Sentence

Verb

She never talks at the meetings. He did most of the talking during dinner. He loves to hear himself talk. I think she's talking a lot of nonsense. I can't talk right now. I'm running late. They were talking in Spanish. We talked on the phone until midnight. Both sides in the dispute are now willing to talk. They are in the conference room talking business. She had laryngitis and couldn't talk.

Noun

the noted author's talk on the state of the modern novel what good will all this talk do when we need to take action now?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Other societies are talking about joining forces to negotiate jointly with library consortia. Jeffrey Brainard, Science | AAAS, "New deals could help scientific societies survive open access," 16 Sep. 2019 Though the band is on an indefinite hiatus, several members of One Direction have talked about a possible reunion. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson Sang "Happy Birthday" to Niall Horan During the Coca-Cola Music Experience Festival," 15 Sep. 2019 The clip begins when Fury approaches Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr.) at the very end of Iron Man, the first MCU film, talking about the Avenger Initiative — just like in the actual post-credits scene that made it onto the movie. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Deleted Iron Man post-credits scene actually references Spider-Man, X-Men at MCU's beginning," 14 Sep. 2019 But the full story has never been told because so few of the people involved will talk about it. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Tactic 8’ in the secret drug industry plan to defeat the DEA: Find a champion in Congress," 14 Sep. 2019 Both Warren and Cory Booker talked about ending the filibuster in order to pass major gun legislation. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "What the Press Gets Wrong About Primary Debates," 13 Sep. 2019 Take it very seriously, for instance, if someone frequently talks about death or mentions suicide. Madeleine Burry, Health.com, "Why Do People Kill Themselves? These 5 Factors Help Explain It," 12 Sep. 2019 Ryan also ordered the parents not to talk to the media about the case. John D'anna, Arizona Republic, "A judge ruled The Republic had violated a court order in a controversial DCS case. Now, he has reversed that ruling," 12 Sep. 2019 So talking about them before anything is public could cause valuable employees to take other jobs even though the layoffs may not come to fruition. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, "Damage control: How managers can recover from common blunders," 11 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In talks for a new contract with the union, GM offered to create 5,400 new jobs, invest $7 billion in various facilities, and to increase wages and benefits. Wired, "The Shift to Electric Vehicles Propels a Strike Against GM," 17 Sep. 2019 The Sackler family, which owns the company, had been in talks for weeks to settle cases brought by more than 2,000 states, counties, municipalities and Native American governments against Purdue Pharma and other opioid companies. Elizabeth Joseph, CNN, "Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy following proposed agreement to settle opioid lawsuits with multiple states," 16 Sep. 2019 Craig Fravel, Breeders' Cup president and chief execuive officer talks about the decision-making process of selecting a Breeders' Cup site after announcing that Churchill Downs is the organization's location for the premier race in the fall of 2018. Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Breeders' Cup president leaving to join The Stronach Group," 13 Sep. 2019 Bullard Law at one point represented Kroger Co. in labor talks with the chain’s employees. oregonlive, "Portland police labor contract: Community coalition calls for public input, changes," 11 Sep. 2019 The singer and movie star is reportedly in talks to be the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show performer. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Is Jennifer Lopez going to be the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show performer?," 11 Sep. 2019 Tong, who has participated in settlement talks with the company and other attorneys general, said the Sackler family, founders of Purdue, were retreating inward. Josh Kovner, courant.com, "Tong indicates OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma may be retreating from opioid settlement talks," 9 Sep. 2019 And yet, state officials pressed forward in talks with Macquarie. Alfred Miller, ProPublica, "How Kentucky Gambled for Hundreds of Millions of Dollars From a Broadband Program It Didn’t Qualify for," 4 Sep. 2019 According to Bloomberg, the fast-fashion retailer is working with a team of financial advisers and has been in talks with outside lenders for additional financing. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "New Reports Claim Forever 21 Is Preparing to File for Bankruptcy," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of talk

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for talk

Verb

Middle English; akin to Old English talu tale

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talk

verb

English Language Learners Definition of talk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to say words in order to express your thoughts, feelings, opinions, etc., to someone
: to have a conversation or discussion with someone
: to have a conversation about (something)

talk

noun

English Language Learners Definition of talk (Entry 2 of 2)

: an occurrence in which one person talks about something with another person : a conversation or discussion
: the act of talking formally about something before a group of people : a speech or lecture
: a formal discussion between two or more groups that are trying to reach an agreement about something

talk

verb
\ ˈtȯk How to pronounce talk (audio) \
talked; talking

Kids Definition of talk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to express in speech : speak You're talking too fast.
2 : to speak about : discuss They're talking business.
3 : to cause or influence with words I talked them into agreeing.
4 : to use a certain language They were talking Spanish.
5 : to exchange ideas by means of spoken words : converse Let's sit and talk.
6 : to pass on information other than by speaking Can you talk with your hands?
7 : gossip entry 2 If you act that way, people will talk.
8 : to reveal secret information Officials forced the spy to talk.
talk over
: discuss sense 2 We need to talk over our vacation plans.

Other Words from talk

talker noun

talk

noun

Kids Definition of talk (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of speaking with someone We had a talk.
2 : a way of speaking : language
4 : rumor entry 1 Has there been talk of war?
5 : the topic of comment or gossip The President's visit is the talk of the town.
6 : an informal address The coach gave us a talk to raise our spirits.

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