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 Unfortunately, this version of the car does not talk. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "David Hasselhoff is auctioning off his personal K.I.T.T. car from the iconic 'Knight Rider' series," 16 Jan. 2021 What do famous people talk about behind closed doors? Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "One Night in Miami Blends Fact and Fiction to Bring Civil Rights-Era Luminaries to Life," 15 Jan. 2021 But most of all, K-pop stars seldom talk about mental health. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Jae of DAY6 Wants to Change the Mental Health Conversation in K-Pop," 15 Jan. 2021 Dear Amy: My live-in boyfriend of four years is selfish, defiant, impatient and impossible to talk to. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, "Ask Amy: Woman needs to recognize the ‘man-boy’ monster she helped create," 13 Jan. 2021 Dear Amy: My live-in boyfriend of four years is selfish, defiant, impatient and impossible to talk to. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Mom’s martyrdom creates a man-boy monster," 13 Jan. 2021 Wi-Fi devices made by different companies can talk to each other. Bhaskar Krishnamachari, The Conversation, "How does Wi-Fi work? An electrical engineer explains," 12 Jan. 2021 Or talk to your podmates about their healthy eating goals. New York Times, "Recycle Your Pandemic Habits," 9 Jan. 2021 The team did talk about the Tuesday decision in Kenosha County, Wis., in which the district attorney there decided not to press charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics coach Brad Stevens blasts President Trump, calling Wednesday’s events a ‘disgraceful ending’," 6 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For now, some limoncello and Champagne keep them entertained while Eddie and Francesca talk to Lee about what the hell to do with the guests. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Below Deck Recap: Off the Deep End," 4 Jan. 2021 The performance is free and will be followed by a live talk with the artists. New York Times, "Gaze at the Night Skies and Unwind With a Yoga Class," 3 Jan. 2021 Another turn in life came in 2003, when a women’s group at Emory asked her to give a talk about her codebreaking work, said Fred Benario. Mark Woolsey, ajc, "Janice Benario, 97, worked on WWII code-breaking team," 30 Dec. 2020 Across college football there already has been talk about who will and who won't be back next year, with the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility to all players. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos addresses Boise State rumors," 30 Dec. 2020 The Astros season felt like a slog as every national broadcast led to incessant talk about the cheating scandal that was sooooo pre-pandemic. Matt Young, Chron, "The 10 Houston sports moments that made 2020 even worse," 29 Dec. 2020 The curfew isn’t just talk; as with wearing masks and social distancing, most of the Bay Area eagerly follows the rules. Joseph Horton, Time, "An After-Curfew Drive With My New Baby Brought the Lessons of the Pandemic Into Sharper Focus," 28 Dec. 2020 Slazer said there hasn't been much talk about extending either it or Farmers to Families. Chad Calder | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Louisiana food banks brace for 'food cliff' as federal programs expire," 25 Dec. 2020 There had been talk the Huskies might try to schedule undefeated BYU this weekend because the Pac-12 amended its rules to allow teams to schedule out-of-conference opponents. Anne M. Peterson, SFChronicle.com, "Pac-12’s traditional rivalries look untraditional in 2020," 26 Nov. 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

22 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Talk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talk. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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