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

Here, two bands talk about life on the road and the pleasures of a home that travels with you. Steven Kurutz, New York Times, "A Tour of the Tour Buses," 11 July 2019 The officer talks to him for more than a minute in the parking lot. Rebekah Riess, CNN, "A police officer used his Taser on an NFL lineman during an arrest. Then the player tried to tackle him," 10 July 2019 During a June 13th broadcast on his InfoWars program, Jones talked about how the child pornography had been planted on his computer servers and offered a $1 million reward for information leading to who had done it. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Connecticut Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal in lawsuit by Sandy Hook parents against InfoWars broadcaster Alex Jones," 10 July 2019 Lightfoot has talked about the need for a comprehensive approach to curbing violence, one that addresses the social and economic forces that contribute to Chicago’s homicides and shootings. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Unless Chicago’s crime problem dramatically improves, Superintendent Eddie Johnson will have to go," 10 July 2019 Evans talked to Dugan, who was off-camera, then turned off his body camera and punched Debose six times, the video shows. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Lawyers for Cuyahoga County Jail guards charged with pummeling restrained inmate to challenge extent of injuries," 10 July 2019 Cathedral Catholic girls soccer coach Dawn Lee talks about the excitement in the sport at the high school level following the U.S. championship in the Women’s World Cup. San Diego Union-Tribune, "U-T Prep Report online radio podcast," 9 July 2019 Baerbel Lucchitta talked about how luck played a role in her career as a planetary geologist, but hers was a case of someone making their own luck. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "The woman who mapped the moon: An Arizona geologist and the Apollo 17 lunar landing," 9 July 2019 Coach Thompson talks about leaving a legacy, and our story isn’t over yet. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Auburn baseball’s Edouard Julien signs with Twins after getting huge 2nd offer," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This year’s celebration of the vegan lifestyle, which uses no animal products, will be headlined by a talk from actress and activist Harley Quinn Smith. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 2019 Davies was inspired to write the script after hearing Shankwitz give a motivational talk at a networking event for business entrepreneurs in San Diego six years ago. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Racing starts next week, but Del Mar’s Joe Harper already is a winner," 11 July 2019 And Hong Kong’s stock exchange may be more important than ever for China if the trade war between the U.S. and China can’t be resolved by further talks. Time, "Why Business Has a Stake in Hong Kong's Protests," 11 July 2019 That being said, the Serie A side are seemingly not put off, with Inter officials reportedly due in England this week for talks. SI.com, "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Insists Man Utd 'Don't Have to Sell' in Warning to Paul Pogba & Romelu Lukaku," 10 July 2019 Carter, who’s initially conciliatory and emotionally responsive to Roy’s talk about suicide, seems to become increasingly numb to the idea of it. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Cultural Fault Lines of I Love You, Now Die," 10 July 2019 This talk will provide a historical overview of how space has been a setting for works of literature and will consider how that setting has been changed and manipulated to meet the needs of authors and their stories. courant.com, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 10 July 2019 At 9:00am, there will also be an interpretive talk from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Marvel at 70 Acres of Sunflowers in Knoxville, Tennessee This Weekend," 9 July 2019 Broncos sports talk on Orange & Blue 760 AM is over. Kyle Fredrickson, The Denver Post, "Orange & Blue 760 AM no longer home of all-day Broncos sports talk radio," 9 July 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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