v. i.
1) to communicate or exchange ideas or information by speaking
2) to consult or confer:
Talk with your adviser[/ex]
3) to spread a rumor; gossip
4) to chatter or prate
5) to use speech; perform the act of speaking
6) to deliver a speech or lecture:
The professor talked on modern physics[/ex]
7) to give confidential or incriminating information:
The spy talked during interrogation[/ex]
8) to communicate by means other than speech, as by writing, signs, or signals
9) to make sounds imitative or suggestive of speech
10) to express in words; utter:
to talk sense[/ex]
11) to use (a specified language or idiom) in speaking or conversing:
They talk French together[/ex]
12) to discuss:
to talk politics[/ex]
13) cvb inf inf (used only in progressive tenses) to focus on; talk about:
This isn't a question of a few hundred dollars—we're talking serious money[/ex]
14) to drive or influence by talk:
to talk a person to sleep[/ex]
15) phv talk around
to avoid discussion of
16) idi talk back, to reply in a disrespectful manner
17) phv talk down
a) to subdue by talking, as by argument
b) to speak condescendingly
c) phv aer. Also, talk in. to give landing instructions to (a pilot) by radio
18) phv talk out
to try to clarify or resolve by discussion
19) phv talk out of, to dissuade, as from doing, using, etc
20) phv talk over
to consider; discuss
21) phv talk up
a) to promote with enthusiastic description
b) to speak openly or distinctly
22) the act of talking; speech
23) an informal speech or lecture
24) a conference or negotiating session:
peace talks[/ex]
25) rumor; gossip
26) empty speech:
all talk and no results[/ex]
27) a way of talking:
quiet talk[/ex]
28) dialect or lingo
29) sounds suggestive of speech
Etymology: 1175–1225; ME talk(i) en, der. of tale speech, discourse, tale; c. Fris (E dial.) talken talk′er, n.

From formal English to slang. 2014.


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