talk

verb
\ ˈtȯk \
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

In the meantime, Bredesen, the UCLA neurology professor, has been touring around the country, promoting his program through his best-selling book, The End of Alzheimer’s, and giving lectures at scientific conferences and talks to community groups. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 But for the sake of comparison, this article will be talking about the Ionic. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Buyer's Guide: How To Decide Between an Apple Watch and a Fitbit," 20 Dec. 2018 People cannot stop talking about Adam Levine on The Voice this season. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Host Carson Daly Called Out Adam Levine in Front of Everyone," 2 Dec. 2018 This news doesn't come from Holmes and/or Foxx, who are continuing their five-year streak of not talking about their very probable relationship. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx Reportedly Made Custom Perfumes for Each Other," 17 Nov. 2018 ELLE Decor caught up with Marino to talk process, procrastination, and pet-peeves. Charles Curkin, ELLE Decor, "Architect Peter Marino Believes in Retail But Not in Bad Design," 14 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, deputies searched the area around the family's home with drones and infrared equipment and talked to Jayme's friends and middle school classmates, hoping to develop some leads. Fox News, "Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin teenager in danger, not a runaway," 16 Oct. 2018 Despite that, there's one pretty universal complaint: Salem doesn't talk. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 2," 6 Dec. 2018 In part, that’s why Qualcomm doesn’t usually talk much about its Kryo CPUs. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG," 5 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Original Post: February 2, 2018 at 4:11 p.m. EST Kylie Jenner has been the talk of the town this year. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "Kylie Jenner Has An Entire Closet For Purses, And It Is Epic," 17 Aug. 2018 But when the company talks of having to do extra work to ensure EdgeHTML is compatible with the Web, this is the kind of thing that Microsoft has been forced to do. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to," 17 Dec. 2018 In Katowice, Poland, representatives from across the globe gathered to craft a global consensus around cutting emissions at the COP24 talks. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "As cities confront climate change, is density the answer?," 11 Dec. 2018 During the talks, Patrushev emphasized the importance of maintaining the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the Security Council said in a statement carried by Russian news agencies. Fox News, "Treaty exits and extensions top Trump adviser's Moscow talks," 23 Oct. 2018 The collection of photos shows Her Majesty and the Princess seated together at the official talks at the UN and appearing both together and in their speeches that the foundation's Thank You Gala held on October 3. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Princess Madeleine of Sweden Just Shared the Sweetest Mother-Daughter Moment on Instagram," 8 Oct. 2018 Democrats weren’t scared of calling out Trump through every twist and turn in their talks. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The fiery meeting between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi about the border wall, explained," 11 Dec. 2018 For her book talk, Obama wore a two-piece black crepe suit by British designer Christopher Kane. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Michelle Obama Steps Out in a Holiday Party–Worthy Tuxedo," 19 Nov. 2018 What's more, Megyn was allegedly in talks with network executives prior to the scandal to do more political coverage, including reporting on the midterm elections. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What's Going to Happen to Megyn Kelly Now That NBC Canceled Her 'Today' Hour?," 6 Nov. 2018

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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 \
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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