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

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? See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When people talk about how their vote ‘doesn’t matter’ or ‘we are screwed anyway’.. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 24 June 2022 When people talk about how their vote ‘doesn’t matter’ or ‘we are screwed anyway’.. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 24 June 2022 Several students talk about at least thinking of suicide. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 June 2022 When people talk about how their vote ‘doesn’t matter’ or ‘we are screwed anyway’.. Jem Aswad, Variety, 24 June 2022 The idea is that making a company talk more—on the record, in their mandatory disclosures like annual reports—means people are more likely to catch it in a mistake. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 21 June 2022 On this Tuesday Buckeye Talk, Stephen Means and Doug Lesmerises talk about the latest five-star pledge to the Buckeyes. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 21 June 2022 Even insatiably nosy people would rather talk about themselves. Jacobina Martin, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 Comedians always talk about feeding off the energy in the room, but the lack of energy seems quite comfortable for you. Randee Dawn, Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though the process is still expected to take years, the talk on Thursday in Kyiv was of accelerating it, not the need for Ukrainian patience. New York Times, 16 June 2022 Self-sabotaging talk can be a dream killer and a self-fulfilling prophecy. Amy Blaschka, Forbes, 10 June 2022 Good morning, The latest talk of a recession is pretty ominous. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 9 June 2022 Initial talk was for the Watergate Three to write it together; that was how it was first pitched to the agent David Obst. Joshua Benton, The Atlantic, 9 June 2022 This week, one of his closest advisers and friends, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, said talk of a papal resignation or the end of Francis’ pontificate was unfounded. Nicole Winfield, ajc, 5 June 2022 This week, one of his closest advisers and friends, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, said talk of a papal resignation or the end of Francis' pontificate was unfounded. Nicole Winfield, USA TODAY, 5 June 2022 This week, one of his closest advisers and friends, Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, said talk of a papal resignation or the end of Francis’ pontificate was unfounded. Fox News, 5 June 2022 The talk is often confrontational and lacerating—Sassoon, even in his youth and even in the face of formidable authority, is depicted as contentious and acerbic. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 31 May 2022 See More

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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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27 Jun 2022

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More Definitions for talk

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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