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

The odds are definitely long, but just talking with these groups has begun to lift my despair. Bill Mckibben, The New Yorker, "Money Is the Oxygen on Which the Fire of Global Warming Burns," 17 Sep. 2019 Very little information has come out of the CBA talks either internally among players or with owners. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 17 Sep. 2019 Khalilzad and some of Ghani's rivals, however had talked of establishing an interim administration to run the country while a peace deal was implemented. Rahim Faiez, Anchorage Daily News, "Suicide bombers kill scores in separate attacks in Afghanistan," 17 Sep. 2019 His disengagement could also be a symptom of undiagnosed depression, or the anxiety talking. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "After the wedding, husband’s interest wanes," 17 Sep. 2019 Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's breakup was one of the most talked-about celebrity news stories of the summer. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Liam Hemsworth Was Reportedly 'Blindsided' by Miley Cyrus' First Statement About Their Split," 16 Sep. 2019 Several deadlines were extended throughout the weekend as the two sides continued talking, the site reported. Ron Hurtibise, sun-sentinel.com, "Worried that ESPN and Disney channels will soon leave DirecTV and U-verse? Here’s what we know," 16 Sep. 2019 Joel and Gregg talk Colts win over Titans Matt Kryger, IndyStar Amid speculation that Adam Vinatieri is nearing retirement, even Pat McAfee is unsure where his friend and former teammate is heading. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Even Pat McAfee isn't sure if Adam Vinatieri will retire," 16 Sep. 2019 Louisville football coach Scott Satterfield talks quarterbacks, defense and more as the Cards prepare for Florida State. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Will Jawon Pass or Malik Cunningham start for Louisville football vs. Florida State?," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On Monday, there was talk of the crude price reaching a hundred dollars or more in the case of an all-out conflict. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Trump’s Awful Middle East Policies Are Coming Back to Haunt Him," 17 Sep. 2019 Remember when the talk of training camp was how rookie N’Keal Harry, the first receiver drafted by the Patriots in the first round in the Belichick era, was going to be relied upon to produce immediately? BostonGlobe.com, "Same schedule for Patriots, weak after weak - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 Meadows said there has been preliminary talk about a proposal to change the law in the upcoming session of the General Assembly. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "Prison terms for killing of Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio draw attention to felony murder rule," 17 Sep. 2019 But the initial surge moderated on talk of tapping strategic reserves to weather any shortfalls from the loss of 5.7 million barrels of crude processing capacity a day. Tali Arbel, chicagotribune.com, "Oil prices surge after Saudi plant attack — likely to raise airline fuel costs, Asian export prices and what you pay at the pump," 16 Sep. 2019 The — if that — that had happened, that would have been the talk of campus in our freshman dorm. NBC News, "Here's how Kavanaugh denied the Ramirez allegations under oath," 16 Sep. 2019 The recent arrests of two University of South Alabama students on charges of making terrorists threats have been the talk of the campus, although university officials have said little about the cases. al, "University of South Alabama student journalists work to get to bottom of terrorist threat arrests," 16 Sep. 2019 There was no talk of Xs and Os, no discussion of schemes and systems. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "On cusp of history, Mark Dantonio still thirsts for greatness at Michigan State," 14 Sep. 2019 This is a much different scenario than 2004 and 2002 when the U.S. was embarrassed, and talk of the rest of the world catching up to the U.S. became a topic. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "What went wrong? What's next? Burning questions for USA Basketball ahead of Olympics," 13 Sep. 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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The first known use of talk was in the 13th century

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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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