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
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 August recess until at least one meeting was scheduled that month to talk about Yasinow’s successor. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "After 6 months, Cleveland Heights still at loggerheads over filling council vacancy," 15 Sep. 2020 Swindell, who was invited to talk about the upcoming annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, was allowed to stay. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, "Stop the secrecy on COVID-19 discussions, mayors tell Broward County," 15 Sep. 2020 The mother of Alicia Navarro will join Glendale police to talk about updates in the case of her missing autistic daughter on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary of the teen's disappearance. Emily Wilder, The Arizona Republic, "1 year after Glendale girl's disappearance, mother, police to discuss updates in case," 15 Sep. 2020 The actor appeared on Hall's show to talk about the website. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Chris Evans Says Leaked Private Photo Is 'Embarrassing' But Thanks 'Fantastic Fans' for Support," 15 Sep. 2020 The abrupt end to the Milwaukee Bucks' season last week left a lot to talk about regarding the organization's past, present and future. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Giannis met with Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry to discuss this past season, plans for the future," 14 Sep. 2020 The young ballplayer did a special edition of his podcast to talk about Kremer’s debut, and connects with the role his faith plays in his life. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles rookie Dean Kremer and his Israeli-American heritage already a hit with Baltimore’s Jewish community," 11 Sep. 2020 That's So Cincinnati podcast to talk about the making of a new documentary about the team, his summer at broadcasting school and building his own company. The Enquirer, "FC Cincinnati broadcaster Tom Gelehrter goes behind-the-scenes of 'Nonstop Flight' documentary," 11 Sep. 2020 This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED digital director Brian Barrett joins us to talk about Peloton and the future of gyms. Wired Staff, Wired, "We’re All Working (Out) From Home," 11 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Today, Latinos are at the forefront of storytelling across five genres, including drama/telenovelas, comedy, news/talk/documentary, sports, and music. Sonia Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Eva Longoria part of The Paley Center for Media's inaugural tribute of Latino contributions," 16 Sep. 2020 Like the other outlets that both inspired Fox and were inspired by it—conservative talk-radio shows, Breitbart News and other websites—the network often processes the facts of the world as assorted weapons of war. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Do You Speak Fox?," 16 Sep. 2020 No use trying to pigeonhole Joshua Johnson, an MSNBC journalist raised in a military family in West Palm Beach with a news-talk TV show debuting Saturday, Sept. 19. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "5 questions for South Florida native Joshua Johnson before MSNBC news show premiere," 15 Sep. 2020 Some events, such as the McGivern talk, will require registration. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Doors Open 2020 will be a mix of online tours and self-paced neighborhood walks," 15 Sep. 2020 And while coronavirus vaccine talk is certainly nothing new (and is likely already priced in to markets), investors were also encouraged by bits of good news on vaccine front Monday. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "Deal fever has Wall Street feeling bullish once more," 15 Sep. 2020 It’s not all butterfly and moth cataloging: There is a surprising amount of Bigfoot talk in the film. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Bigfoot, butterflies and David Cross: 'The Dark Divide' captures the journey of a lifetime," 15 Sep. 2020 But Brad Sham and Babe Laufenberg often order a cup of coffee and talk when the Cowboys charter departs for a road game. David Moore, Dallas News, "‘We’ll make the best of it’: How Cowboys radio crew plans to handle the challenges of remote broadcasting," 13 Sep. 2020 Because it’s one thing to string together three or four top-5s, but something else entirely to earn a pat on the back from Scott Dixon or a private congratulatory pep-talk with Newgarden. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Pato O'Ward enjoying role as IndyCar veterans' 'biggest headache' in pursuit of first win," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for talk

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The first known use of talk was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Talk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talk. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for talk

talk

verb
How to pronounce talk (audio)

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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