verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to talk to in a manner that indicates that a response is not expected or wanted.
- to direct remarks meant for one person to another person present; speak indirectly to.
- to overwhelm by force of argument or by loud and persistent talking; subdue by talking.
- to speak disparagingly of; belittle.
- Also talk in. to give instructions to by radio for a ground-controlled landing, especially to a pilot who is unable to make a conventional landing because of snow, fog, etc.
- to talk until conversation is exhausted.
- to attempt to reach a settlement or understanding by discussion: We arrived at a compromise by talking out the problem.
- British Politics. to thwart the passage of (a bill, motion, etc.) by prolonging discussion until the session of Parliament adjourns.Compare filibuster (def. 5).
- to weigh in conversation; consider; discuss.
- to cause (someone) to change an opinion; convince by talking: He became an expert at talking people over to his views.
- to promote interest in; discuss enthusiastically.
- to speak without hesitation; speak distinctly and openly: If you don't talk up now, you may not get another chance.
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Idioms for talk
- to impede or prevent the passage of (a bill) through filibustering.
- to talk to incessantly or at great length.
Origin of talk
synonym study for talk
OTHER WORDS FROM talk
Words nearby talk
What is a basic definition of talk?
Talk means to use speech in order to communicate or exchange ideas. Talk also means to gossip. As a noun talk refers to a conversation. Talk has many other senses as both a verb and a noun.
When you talk, you use spoken language to communicate rather than gestures or written words. People talk to each other every day when they have chats, tell jokes, argue, or negotiate.
- Real-life examples: You talked to someone today if you spoke to them about something. It is common for people to talk to each other over the phone or by using live video. People often get lonely when they have no one to talk to.
- Used in a sentence: When Juan talked to his parents about his grades, he felt better.
Talk can also mean to spread rumors or gossip. When you talk about someone, you are not talking to them but to other people.
- Used in a sentence: The mysterious new building on the edge of town got people talking about what it would be used for.
Talk used in this same sense as a noun means gossip or rumors.
- Used in a sentence: There’s talk around the studio that the director is working on a secret movie project.
Talk is also used as a noun to mean a conversation or a discussion.
- Used in a sentence: I had a serious talk with my daughter about sneaking animals into the house.
Where does talk come from?
The first records of talk come from around 1175. It comes from the Middle English verb talkien. It is related to the Old English talu, meaning “tale.”
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What are some other forms related to talk?
- talkable (adjective)
- talkability (noun)
- talker (noun)
- intertalk (verb)
- nontalker (noun)
- overtalk (verb)
What are some synonyms for talk?
What are some words that share a root or word element with talk?
What are some words that often get used in discussing talk?
How is talk used in real life?
Talk is a very common word that most often means to communicate using speech.
As I turn 43 my only regret is not having children sooner. Nearly every man I talk to says the same. “Wish I had one more, and started sooner.”
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) November 17, 2020
I know there's a lot of talk going around but, no, I won't be joining the Spice Girls reunion tour
— David Lazarus (@Davidlaz) November 5, 2018
I had a talk with my Dad and realized age really does help in knowing what to do in certain situations.
— CLG Void (@gsmVoiD) January 20, 2016
Try using talk!
Is talk used correctly in the following sentence?
He decided to talk to his wife about buying a dog, and they discussed it for a long time.
Example sentences from the Web for talk
It is encouraging to see many American companies, large and small, speak out about issues of racial inequity, though not all have backed up their talk with action.To fight systemic racism, the investment industry needs to look at its whiteness first|jakemeth|September 10, 2020|Fortune
Prime Minister Boris Johnson signaled he would let the talks collapse if a deal isn’t made before mid-October rather than compromise.Lagging stocks, a battered pound: investors get a painful glimpse of ‘no-deal Brexit’ Britain|Bernhard Warner|September 9, 2020|Fortune
The first wave of responses was to move to online events, virtual summits and a variety of webinars, but there’s also the question of informal talks and sales meetings that need to be rethought in order to maintain the quality of interaction.How would an SEO agency be built today? Part 1: Consumers and trends|Sponsored Content: SEOmonitor|September 4, 2020|Search Engine Land
“We had the talk,” said Laurel Rossi, chief partnerships officer at Organic.‘Safe and healthy’: As in person meetings resume, business execs are having the coronavirus ‘talk’|Kristina Monllos|September 4, 2020|Digiday
Virtual events are the talk of marketing departments these days.How are you feeling about attending in-person events in 2021? Answer our short survey|Henry Powderly|September 4, 2020|Search Engine Land
What celebrity has started to talk about his or her eating disorder?How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Hopefully not overly close, but we talk about it in the episode how similar it is.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Earlier this week, Huckabee ended his Fox News talk show so he could spend time mulling another bid for the Republican nomination.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Those who come to the Dinner Party are self-selecting; they do want to talk about it.
Surely all this graphic talk of gastrointestinal distress is making you queasy.
And is this a mere fantastic talk, or is this a thing that could be done and that ought to be done?The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Our talk ranged from the Panhandle to the Canada line, while our horses jogged steadily southward.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Above all, he was amazed to hear me talk of a mercenary standing army in the midst of peace and among a free people.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
To talk German was beyond the sweep of my dizziest ambition, but an Italian runner or porter instantly presented himself.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
He can't talk much, though; 'tain't good fur him; his lungs is out er kilter.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for talk
Derived forms of talktalkable, adjectivetalkability, nountalker, noun
Word Origin for talk
Idioms and Phrases with talk
In addition to the idioms beginning with talk
- talk around
- talk at
- talk back
- talk big
- talk dirty
- talk down
- talk down to
- talked out
- talk into
- talk of the town, the
- talk out
- talk out of
- talk over
- talk sense
- talk shop
- talk someone's arm off
- talk through one's hat
- talk to
- talk turkey
- talk up
- all talk
- dirty joke (talk dirty)
- double talk
- heart to heart (talk)
- look who's talking
- money talks
- now you're talking
- small talk
- straight talk
- sweet talk