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Word forms "talk":
present tense I/you/we/they talk he/she/it talks present participle talking past tense talked past participle talkedOther ways of saying talk:chat to talk informally in a friendly way: We sat chatting for over an hour. discuss to talk about a particular subject in detail: Have you discussed the kind of insurance you think you might need?1) [intransitive] to use words to communicate
Can their baby talk yet?
Am I talking too much?a) to have a conversation with other peopletalk to:
They were all talking and laughing together.talk with:
I need to talk to you.talk about:
Everyone was busily talking with their friends.
We were talking about you just last night.b) if a bird talks, it produces sounds like words
I've taught my parrot to talk.2) [intransitive] to discuss a problem, especially to avoid arguments or fighting
You and I need to talk.talk to:
My wife and I aren't talking at the moment.keep talking:
You kids never talk to me (= discuss anything important with me).
Officials agreed on Monday to keep talking despite the latest crisis.a) [transitive] to discuss a subjecttalk politics/sports/religion etc:talking of something (= used after a subject has been mentioned in a conversation to introduce a discussion of it):
He spoilt the evening by talking politics all the time.
Oh yes, talking of Harry, have you seen him recently?b) [intransitive] to discuss other people's private lives
You can't stay here – the neighbours would talk.3) [intransitive] to give a lecture on a subjecttalk on/about:
In the hall a woman was talking on diet and health.4) [intransitive] to give information that someone thinks should be secret
Do you think the prisoners will talk?5) [transitive] to achieve something by talking6) [intransitive] if a machine talks to another machine, it sends information to that machine
The software enables the two computers to talk.7) [intransitive] informal to have the power to persuade people
be talking (about) something— informal used for emphasizing a point
This is serious, because we're talking millions of voters.
We're talking about people's lives here!
someone can talk/someone is a fine one to talk/look who's talking— spoken used for emphasizing that you think someone is giving advice or an opinion that is the opposite of how they live or what they do themselves
"I was late, so my boss was furious." "He can talk! He's never on time!"
do (all) the talking— informal if someone does the talking, they deal with a difficult situation by talking or explaining things
When we get in to see him, you'd better let me do the talking.
talk about...— spoken used for emphasizing something
Talk about cold – I was freezing!
Talk about being lazy – she wouldn't move an inch!
talk someone into/out of (doing) something— to persuade someone to do something or not to do something
I talked her into going to London with me.
His father talked him out of moving out.
talk sense/nonsense etc— informal to say something that is sensible/stupid etc
He talks such nonsense about politics!
talk (some) sense into someone— to persuade someone to act in a sensible way
He had already tried to talk sense into Lisa.
talk your way into/out of something— to persuade someone to let you do or avoid something
She eventually talked her way into a part in a film.
that's the drink/drugs etc talking— informal used for saying that someone is saying something only because they have had too much alcohol to drink, have taken drugs etc- talk at- talk out- talk to- talk upSee:language
II UK [tɔːk] / US [tɔk] noun
Word forms "talk":
singular talk plural talks1)a) [countable] a conversation with someonehave a talk (with someone):
We had a nice talk yesterday.b) talks[plural] discussions between important people from opposing sides designed to help them agree about an issue talk with:talk between:
He visited Egypt in March for talks with the president.talk on:
the outcome of talks between the government and the rebelshave/hold talks:
preliminary talks on the future of the steel industrya round/session of talks:
The management will be holding informal talks with union officials.talks break down/collapse:
the need for a fresh round of peace talkstalks resume/reopen:
Talks broke down last week over the issue of overtime pay.
The trade talks will resume next month.2) [countable] an informal lecture about a subjectgive/deliver a talk (on something):
Williams gave a talk on his travels in Nepal.3) [uncountable] ordinary conversations between peopletalk of:
I sat there listening to the sailors' talk.the talk turns to something (= the conversation begins to be about something):
Talk of housework bored her.
Then the talk turned to the upcoming exam.a) conversations and discussions about what may happentalk of:talk about:
There was no talk of any cuts in wages.hear talk:
There is a lot of talk about welfare reform.
We hear talk nowadays about being good Europeans.b) the activity of talking, especially when you think it does not achieve anythingbe all/just talk:
Most radio stations need less talk and more music.despite/for all someone's talk:
She appears to be an expert on men, but it's all talk!
For all the government's talk, it does nothing to improve housing conditions.c) discussion of other people's private lives
At first there was a lot of talk, but people soon lost interest.d) a style of talking used by a particular group of people
youngsters using up-to-the-minute street talk (= a fashionable way of talking)•
English dictionary. 2014.