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

Meghan's comments came about after the co-hosts began talking about how ex-Democratic National Committee Chairperson Donna Brazile decided to join Fox News, which is widely recognized as a conservative-leaning news organization. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Whoopi Goldberg Clapped Back After Meghan McCain Called the Audience “Hostile”," 20 Mar. 2019 When Ari was spotted hanging with her ex, Ricky Alvarez on New Year's Day, many starting talking about a possible rekindling between the two. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Ariana Grande's Love Life," 28 Feb. 2019 The water holds the vibration of these words, so talk clearly! Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Create Your Own Full Moon Ritual, According to an Expert," 5 Mar. 2019 Vanessa talked to Haute Living magazine about this major transition. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Vanessa Hudgens on the Life Lessons She Learned From Her Father's Death in 2016," 8 Jan. 2019 In New York, The Verge’s Alessandra Potenza talked to experts about why the ear canal is so attractive to the horrifying bugs. Angela Chen, The Verge, "2018 in weird science, from alien conspiracies to sensory illusions," 23 Dec. 2018 Battery life Qualcomm talked quite a bit about the Snapdragon 855’s performance during the processor’s reveal, but not so much about battery life. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Watch the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855's best new features in action," 6 Dec. 2018 Joan talks to Jayme about sealants, fluoride, and enamel and tells her about a dental office that provides free cleanings to kids under 6. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 There were conventions set up that allowed them to talk to three, four guests a night, bring on jugglers, just kill as much time as possible. Don Steinberg, WSJ, "Conan O’Brien Doesn’t Want to Be Killing Time," 21 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Nunziata came out of their talk not only believing his longtime friend, but liking and trusting Cunningham more as a person. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 Perfect for a confident, relaxing stroll on the brambly path outside your Reykjavik Airbnb before your Scandinavian TED talk. Amanda Duarte, Town & Country, "An Etiquette Guide for the New Pot Elite," 14 Jan. 2019 This weekend, Kim defended her sister on Twitter, following reports that Khloé was in talks to star in The Bachelorette. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian Just Debuted Cherry Red Hair & It Looks Stunning," 24 Feb. 2019 Real talk: The camping experience is a bit boring for me. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Imagine Stargazing From These Inflatable Bubble Tents," 7 Feb. 2019 If that doesn't seem to do the trick, talk to your vet about a prescription anti-nausea medication. Laurren Welch, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Road-Tripping With Your Dog," 31 Jan. 2019 Effects of Intel's CPU shortage So far, Intel’s sputtering shift to 10nm has caused talk of shortages, but without too many consequences, both firms said. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change," 11 Oct. 2018 Well, hey, maybe Lil Timmy Tim is making a triumphant return to the rap game and this is totally normal business talk. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, February 1 Edition," 1 Feb. 2019 Those talks seem to have broken down, prompting the Beefeaters to stage a picket line again on January 7, and now on January 22. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Beefeaters Continue to Strike at the Tower of London," 22 Jan. 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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