WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
talk /tɔk/USA pronunciation
- [no object] to communicate information by or as if by speaking:Can parrots really talk? Sometimes we just sit and talk.
- to discuss or chat about (a topic): [~ + about + object]We talked about the movies.[~ + object]to talk politics.
- [no object; ~ + with/to] to consult or confer:Talk with your adviser.
- [no object;
(~ + on/about + object))] to deliver a speech or lecture:The professor talked on modern physics.
- [no object] to give away secret information:The spy talked during interrogation.
- [~ + object] to express in words:Now you're talking sense.
- [~ + object] to use (a language) in speaking or conversing:They talk French together.
- [~ + object] to drive or influence by talk:to talk a person to sleep.
- talk around, [~ + around + object] to avoid discussion of:They talked around the problem and never really addressed it.
- talk back, [no object; (~ + to + object])] to reply in a disrespectful manner:to talk back (to one's parents).
- talk down to, [~ + down + to + object] to speak in a superior tone:A good teacher won't talk down to his or her students.
- 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.
- talk (someone) out of (something), [~ + object + out + of + object] to convince (someone) not to do (something):I talked him out of quitting just yet.
- 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.
- 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.
talk•er, n. [countable]
- [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.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
talk /tɔːk/ vb
- (intr; often followed by to or with) to express one's thoughts, feelings, or desires by means of words (to); speak (to)
- (intransitive) to communicate or exchange thoughts by other means: lovers talk with their eyes
- (intransitive) usually followed by about: to exchange ideas, pleasantries, or opinions (about)
- (intransitive) to articulate words; verbalize
- (transitive) to give voice to; utter: to talk rubbish
- (transitive) to hold a conversation about; discuss: to talk business
- (intransitive) to reveal information
- (transitive) to know how to communicate in (a language or idiom): he talks English
- (intransitive) to spread rumours or gossip
- (intransitive) to make sounds suggestive of talking
- (intransitive) to be effective or persuasive: money talks
- now you're talking ⇒ informal at last you're saying something agreeable
- talk big ⇒ to boast or brag
- talk the talk ⇒ to 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
- you can talk ⇒ informal you don't have to worry about doing a particular thing yourself
- you can't talk ⇒ informal you yourself are guilty of offending in the very matter you are decrying
See also talk about
- a speech or lecture
- an exchange of ideas or thoughts
- idle chatter, gossip, or rumour
- a subject of conversation; theme
- (often plural) a conference, discussion, or negotiation
- a specific manner of speaking: children's talk
, talk backEtymology: 13th Century talkien to talk; related to Old English talu tale, Frisian talken to talkˈtalker n
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