WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
talk /tɔk/USA pronunciation v. 
  1. [no object] to communicate information by or as if by speaking: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. [no object; ~ + with/to] to consult or confer:Talk with your adviser.
  4. [no object;
    (~ + on/about + object))]
    to deliver a speech or lecture:The professor talked on modern physics.
  5. [no object] to give away secret information:The spy talked during interrogation.
  6. [+ object] to express in words:Now you're talking sense.
  7. [+ object] to use (a language) in speaking or conversing:They talk French together.
  8. [+ object] to drive or influence by talk: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.

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

    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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