WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
talk /tɔk/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to communicate information by or as if by speaking:[no object]Can parrots really talk? Sometimes we just sit and talk.
  2. to discuss or chat about (a topic): [+ about + object]We talked about the movies.[+ object]to talk politics.
  3. to consult or confer:[no object;  ~ + with/to]Talk with your adviser.
  4. to deliver a speech or lecture:[no object;  (~ + on/about + object))]The professor talked on modern physics.
  5. to give away secret information:[no object]The spy talked during interrogation.
  6. to express in words:[+ object]Now you're talking sense.
  7. to use (a language) in speaking or conversing:[+ object]They talk French together.
  8. to drive or influence by talk:[+ object]to talk a person to sleep.
  9. talk around, [+ around + object] to avoid discussion of:They talked around the problem and never really addressed it.
  10. Idiomstalk back, [no object;  (~ + to + object)] to reply in a disrespectful manner:to talk back (to one's parents).
  11. talk down to, [+ down + to + object] to speak in a superior tone:A good teacher won't talk down to his or her students.
  12. talk out, to try to clarify or resolve by discussion: [+ out + object]to talk out the problem.[+ object + out]Don't just walk out; let's talk it out.
  13. talk (someone) out of (something), [+ object + out + of + object] to convince (someone) not to do (something):I talked him out of quitting just yet.
  14. talk over, to consider;
    discuss: [+ object + over]Let's talk it over before getting angry.[+ over + object]Let's talk over the problem with your teacher.
  15. talk up: 
    • to help the progress of (someone or something) by means of praise;
      promote: [+ up + object]He talked up the chances of his team.[+ object + up]I talked you up to the woman who does the hiring.
    • [no object] to speak openly or distinctly.

  1. the act of talking;
    speech or conversation:[countable]We had a short talk before class.
  2. an often informal speech or lecture:[countable]a little talk on her research.
  3. a conference or session:[countable]peace talks.
  4. rumor;
    gossip:[uncountable]He's not really going to quit; that's just talk.
  5. empty speech;
    false promises:[uncountable]She's all talk.
  6. a way of talking:[uncountable]baby talk.
talk•er, n. [countable]
    See speak.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
talk  (tôk),USA pronunciation v.i. 
  1. to communicate or exchange ideas, information, etc., by speaking:to talk about poetry.
  2. to consult or confer:Talk with your adviser.
  3. to spread a rumor or tell a confidence;
  4. to chatter or prate.
  5. to employ speech;
    perform the act of speaking:to talk very softly; to talk into a microphone.
  6. to deliver a speech, lecture, etc.:The professor talked on the uses of comedy in the tragedies of Shakespeare.
  7. to give or reveal confidential or incriminating information:After a long interrogation, the spy finally talked.
  8. to communicate ideas by means other than speech, as by writing, signs, or signals.
  9. Computingto transmit data, as between computers or between a computer and a terminal.
  10. to make sounds imitative or suggestive of speech.

  1. to express in words;
    utter:to talk sense.
  2. to use (a specified language or idiom) in speaking or conversing:They talk French together for practice.
  3. to discuss:to talk politics.
  4. Informal Terms(used only in progressive tenses) to focus on;
    signify or mean;
    talk about:This isn't a question of a few hundred dollars—we're talking serious money.
  5. to bring, put, drive, influence, etc., by talk:to talk a person to sleep; to talk a person into doing something.
  6. talk around, to bring (someone) over to one's way of thinking;
    persuade:She sounded adamant over the phone, but I may still be able to talk her around.
  7. talk at: 
    • 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.
  8. talk away, to spend or consume (time) in talking:We talked away the tedious hours in the hospital.
  9. talk back, to reply to a command, request, etc., in a rude or disrespectful manner:Her father never allowed them to talk back.
  10. Informal Termstalk big, to speak boastingly;
    brag:He always talked big, but never amounted to anything.
  11. Aeronauticstalk down: 
    • to overwhelm by force of argument or by loud and persistent talking;
      subdue by talking.
    • to speak disparagingly of;
    • Also,  talk in. to give instructions to by radio for a ground-controlled landing, esp. to a pilot who is unable to make a conventional landing because of snow, fog, etc.
  12. talk down to, to speak condescendingly to;
    patronize:Children dislike adults who talk down to them.
  13. talk of, to debate as a possibility;
    discuss:The two companies have been talking of a merger.
  14. talk out: 
    • 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.
    • Government[Brit. Politics.]to thwart the passage of (a bill, motion, etc.) by prolonging discussion until the session of Parliament adjourns. Cf.  filibuster (def. 5).
  15. talk over: 
    • to weigh in conversation;
    • to cause (someone) to change an opinion;
      convince by talking:He became an expert at talking people over to his views.
  16. talk someone's head or  ear off, to bore or weary someone by excessive talk;
    talk incessantly:All I wanted was a chance to read my book, but my seatmate talked my ear off.
  17. talk to death: 
    • to impede or prevent the passage of (a bill) through filibustering.
    • to talk to incessantly or at great length.
  18. talk up: 
    • 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.

  1. the act of talking;
    conversation, esp. of a familiar or informal kind.
  2. an informal speech or lecture.
  3. a conference or negotiating session:peace talks.
  4. report or rumor;
    gossip:There is a lot of talk going around about her.
  5. a subject or occasion of talking, esp. of gossip:Your wild escapades are the talk of the neighborhood.
  6. mere empty speech:That's just a lot of talk.
  7. a way of talking:a halting, lisping talk.
  8. language, dialect, or lingo.
  9. signs or sounds imitative or suggestive of speech, as the noise made by loose parts in a mechanism.
talka•ble, adj. 
talk′a•bili•ty, n. 
talker, n. 
  • 1175–1225; Middle English talk(i)en to converse, speak, derivative (with -k suffix) of tale speech, discourse, tale; cognate with Frisian (English dialect, dialectal) talken
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  speak. 
    • 4, 33.See corresponding entry in Unabridged prattle.
    • 28.See corresponding entry in Unabridged discourse.
    • 30.See corresponding entry in Unabridged colloquy, dialogue, parley, confabulation.

talk, +v.t. 
  • Informal Terms(used only in progressive tenses) to focus on;
    signify or mean;
    talk about:This isn't a question of a few hundred dollars—we're talking serious money.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    talk /tɔːk/ vb
    1. (intr; often followed by to or with) to express one's thoughts, feelings, or desires by means of words (to); speak (to)
    2. (intransitive) to communicate or exchange thoughts by other means: lovers talk with their eyes
    3. (intransitive) usually followed by about: to exchange ideas, pleasantries, or opinions (about)
    4. (intransitive) to articulate words; verbalize
    5. (transitive) to give voice to; utter: to talk rubbish
    6. (transitive) to hold a conversation about; discuss: to talk business
    7. (intransitive) to reveal information
    8. (transitive) to know how to communicate in (a language or idiom): he talks English
    9. (intransitive) to spread rumours or gossip
    10. (intransitive) to make sounds suggestive of talking
    11. (intransitive) to be effective or persuasive: money talks
    12. now you're talkinginformal at last you're saying something agreeable
    13. talk bigto boast or brag
    14. talk the talkto speak convincingly on a particular subject, showing apparent mastery of its jargon and themes; often used in combination with the expression walk the walk
      See also walk
    15. you can talkinformal you don't have to worry about doing a particular thing yourself
    16. you can't talkinformal you yourself are guilty of offending in the very matter you are decrying
    1. a speech or lecture
    2. an exchange of ideas or thoughts
    3. idle chatter, gossip, or rumour
    4. a subject of conversation; theme
    5. (often plural) a conference, discussion, or negotiation
    6. a specific manner of speaking: children's talk

    See also talk about, talk backEtymology: 13th Century talkien to talk; related to Old English talu tale, Frisian talken to talk

    ˈtalker n

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    Collocations: talk to your [friend, sister, parents], [small, baby, office, dirty] talk, talk radio, more...

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