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

Yesterday, for Turner's X-Men screening in Mexico City, the actress' makeup artist Georgie Eisdell dropped a liner lewk on the 'Gram that needs to be talked about. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Wearing White Eyeliner Will Make You Want to Wear White Eyeliner," 15 May 2019 After all, without Adam, Kelly would have no one to talk about her gross habits with, John would land all the pop singers, and, of course, there’d be no #Shevine to ship. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Got a Lot of Attention for His Passionate Speech Last Night," 14 May 2019 President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are likely to talk directly at a G-20 meeting in Japan at the end of next month, Mr. Kudlow said. ... Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Invites U.S. Negotiators to Continue Trade Talks, White House Economics Adviser Says," 12 May 2019 An envelope can serve as a place for guests to write advice to the graduate, which gives everyone something to talk about, and the guest of honor something thoughtful to take with him or her at the end of the night. Whitney Robinson, ELLE Decor, "Darcy Miller's Top Five Table-Setting Secrets," 30 Apr. 2019 The object of the exercise is to give experts from a wide range of fields, like astronomy and disaster prevention, a chance to talk to each other and practice working as a team. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "NASA Is Preparing for a Fake Asteroid Impact," 25 Apr. 2019 In 2012, after stumbling across Joanna's blog about family and the home-renovation business, High Noon producer Katie Neff called the Gaines to talk about her style and starting a business with Chip. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Chip and Joanna Gaineses' Love Story Is Better Than The Notebook," 19 Apr. 2019 Camila recently talked about the new movie in her Teen Vogue May 2019 cover interview. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes's New Movie "Coyote Lake" Releases Its First Creepy Trailer," 1 May 2019 Neither has talked directly about their relationship, but they've been spotted kissing, and in September Benson attended Delevingne's Balmain Paris fashion show. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ashley Benson and Cara Delevingne Shut Down a Troll Who Said Ashley Should Date Men," 30 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Having guests feel at home begins with a comfy seat in the living room, a juicy cocktail, and talk of what the weekend has in store. Sara-mae Albert, ELLE Decor, "How to Be the Ultimate Weekend Host for Out-of-Town Guests," 15 May 2019 Some say Congress should replace these time-consuming hearings with talks that work toward solutions. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Here’s what Google CEO Sundar Pichai explained to Congress," 12 Dec. 2018 Indeed, talk of barbarians and Rome and Western Civilization is a sort of dogwhistle to them. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Notre Dame Is a Cruel Metaphor for Our World Right Now," 25 Apr. 2019 While Democratic Party leaders have shied away from impeachment talks as of late, with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (the No. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "AOC Joins Rashida Tlaib's Call for Impeachment as Democrats Call for Congressional Testimony From Robert Mueller," 19 Apr. 2019 Caitlin and Ava had this really just deep gut-wrenching talk. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "All True “PLL” Fans Will WEEP When They Hear What Really Happened to Emison," 11 Apr. 2019 The trade war between the world’s two biggest economies and the punitive tariffs each nation has imposed on the other raised widespread concerns during the talks. Martin Crutsinger, The Seattle Times, "Finance officials pledge cooperation, but tensions persist," 14 Apr. 2019 Their live performances — and fruit dodging appearances — have become the talk of social media and the world, resulting in frequently sold out shows. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "BTS Performed in Hong Kong and the ARMY Cannot Handle How Cute They Were," 22 Mar. 2019 In the meantime, there’s already been talk of SSD prices plunging throughout 2019, making great deals like this Samsung SSD more common. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel addresses processor shortages, CEO hunt after reporting disappointing fourth-quarter results," 24 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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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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