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v. talked, talk·ing, talks
a. To exchange thoughts or opinions in spoken or sign language; converse: We talked for hours. See Synonyms at speak.
b. To utter or pronounce words: The baby can talk.
c. To imitate the sounds of human speech: The parrot talks.
a. To express one's thoughts or emotions by means of spoken language: The candidate talked about the pros and cons of the issue.
b. To convey one's thoughts in a way other than by spoken words: talk with one's hands.
c. To express one's thoughts or feelings in writing: Voltaire talks about London in this book.
d. Usage Problem To convey information in text: The article talks about the latest fashions.
a. To negotiate with someone; parley: Let's talk instead of fighting.
b. To consult or confer with someone: I talked with the doctor.
4. To spread rumors; gossip: If you do that, people will talk.
5. To allude to something: Are you talking about last week?
6. To reveal information concerning oneself or others, especially under pressure: Has the prisoner talked?
7. Informal To be efficacious: Money talks.
1. To utter or pronounce (words): Their son is talking sentences now.
a. To speak about or discuss (something) or give expression to (something): talk business; talk treason.
b. Used to emphasize the extent or seriousness of something being mentioned: The police found money in the car. We're talking significant amounts of money.
3. To speak or know how to speak (a language or a language variety): The passenger talked French with the flight crew. Can you talk the local dialect?
4. To cause (someone) to be in a certain state or to do something by talking: They talked me into coming.
1. An exchange of ideas or opinions; a conversation: We had a nice talk over lunch.
2. A speech or lecture: He gave a talk on art.
3. Hearsay, rumor, or speculation: There is talk of bankruptcy.
4. A subject of conversation: a musical that is the talk of the town.
5. often talks A conference or negotiation: peace talks.
a. A particular manner of speech: baby talk; honeyed talk.
b. Empty speech or unnecessary discussion: a lot of talk and no action.
c. Jargon or slang: prison talk.
7. Something, such as the sounds of animals, felt to resemble human talk: whale talk.
Phrasal Verbs:
talk around
1. To persuade: I talked them around to my point of view.
2. To speak indirectly about: talked around the subject but never got to the point.
talk away
To spend (a period of time) by talking: We talked the night away.
talk at
To address (someone) orally with no regard for or interest in a reaction or response.
talk back
To make an impertinent or insolent reply.
talk down
1. To think or speak of as having little worth; depreciate: talked down the importance of the move.
2. To speak with insulting condescension: talked down to her subordinates.
3. To silence (a person), especially by speaking in a loud and domineering manner.
4. To direct and control (the flight of an aircraft during an approach for landing) by radioed instructions either from the ground or a nearby aircraft.
talk out
1. To discuss (a matter) exhaustively: I talked out the problem with a therapist.
2. To resolve or settle by discussion.
3. Chiefly British To block (proposed legislation) by filibustering.
talk over
1. To consider thoroughly in conversation; discuss: talked the matter over.
2. To win (someone) over by persuasion: talked them over to our side.
talk through
To help (someone) do something by giving instructions as the task is being done.
talk up
1. To speak in favor of; promote: talked the candidate up; talked up the new product.
2. To speak loudly in a frank, often insolent manner.
talk big Informal
To brag.
talk sense
To speak rationally and coherently.
talk the talk
To speak knowledgeably about something, especially something that one claims or implies one can do well.

[Middle English talken; see del- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: The phrasal verbs talk about and (less commonly) talk of sometimes have a piece of writing as their subject, as in The article talks about the humanitarian crisis in the Sudan and The book talks of continuing barriers to free trade. While this usage might seem a natural semantic extension—no different, really, from the similar and widely accepted use of the word discuss—for many people talk remains primarily associated with speaking, and using it for a written medium violates a norm of standard grammar. The Usage Panel has mixed feelings about this construction. In our 2001 survey, 58 percent accepted it in the sentence The book talks about drugs that exist in many of our communities. Writers who wish to avoid the problem can use discuss or another nonspeaking verb such as argue or maintain instead.
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1. (intr; often foll by to or with) to express one's thoughts, feelings, or desires by means of words (to); speak (to)
2. (intr) to communicate or exchange thoughts by other means: lovers talk with their eyes.
3. (usually foll by: about) to exchange ideas, pleasantries, or opinions (about): to talk about the weather.
4. (intr) to articulate words; verbalize: his baby can talk.
5. (tr) to give voice to; utter: to talk rubbish.
6. (tr) to hold a conversation about; discuss: to talk business.
7. (intr) to reveal information: the prisoner talked after torture.
8. (tr) to know how to communicate in (a language or idiom): he talks English.
9. (intr) to spread rumours or gossip: we don't want the neighbours to talk.
10. (intr) to make sounds suggestive of talking
11. (intr) to be effective or persuasive: money talks.
12. now you're talking informal at last you're saying something agreeable
13. talk big to boast or brag
14. talk shop to speak about one's work, esp when meeting socially, sometimes with the effect of excluding those not similarly employed
15. 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 walk18b
16. you can talk informal you don't have to worry about doing a particular thing yourself
17. you can't talk informal you yourself are guilty of offending in the very matter you are decrying
18. a speech or lecture: a talk on ancient Rome.
19. an exchange of ideas or thoughts: a business talk with a colleague.
20. idle chatter, gossip, or rumour: there has been a lot of talk about you two.
21. a subject of conversation; theme: our talk was of war.
22. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (often plural) a conference, discussion, or negotiation: talks about a settlement.
23. a specific manner of speaking: children's talk.
[C13 talkien to talk; related to Old English talu tale, Frisian talken to talk]
ˈtalkable adj
ˌtalkaˈbility n
ˈtalker n
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1. to communicate or exchange ideas or information by speaking.
2. to consult or confer: Talk with your adviser.
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.
7. to give confidential or incriminating information: The spy talked during interrogation.
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.
11. to use (a specified language or idiom) in speaking or conversing: They talk French together.
12. to discuss: to talk politics.
13. Informal. (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.
14. to drive or influence by talk: to talk a person to sleep.
15. talk around, to avoid discussion of.
16. talk back, to reply in a disrespectful manner.
17. talk down,
a. to subdue by talking, as by argument.
b. to speak condescendingly.
c. Also, talk in. to give landing instructions to (a pilot) by radio.
18. talk out, to try to clarify or resolve by discussion.
19. talk out of, to dissuade, as from doing, using, etc.
20. talk over, to consider; discuss.
21. 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.
25. rumor; gossip.
26. empty speech: all talk and no results.
27. a way of talking: quiet talk.
28. dialect or lingo.
29. sounds suggestive of speech.
[1175–1225; Middle English talk(i)en, derivative of tale speech, discourse, tale; c. Frisian (E dial.) talken]
talk′er, n.
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Speak and talk have very similar meanings, but there are some differences in the ways in which they are used.

1. 'speaking' and 'talking'

When saying that someone is using his or her voice to produce words, you usually say that they are speaking.

Please be quiet when I am speaking.
He was speaking so quickly I found it hard to understand.

However, if two or more people are having a conversation, you usually say that they are talking. You don't say that they 'are speaking'.

I think she was listening to us while we were talking.
They sat in the kitchen drinking and talking.
2. used with 'to' and 'with'

If you have a conversation with someone, you can say that you speak to them or talk to them.

I saw you speaking to him just now.
I enjoyed talking to Ana.

You can also say that you speak with someone or talk with someone. This use is particularly common in American English.

He spoke with his friends and told them what had happened.
I talked with his mother many times.

When you make a telephone call, you ask if you can speak to someone. You don't ask if you can 'talk to' them.

Hello. Could I speak to Sue, please?
3. used with 'about'

If you speak about something, you describe it to a group of people, for example in a lecture.

I spoke about my experiences at University.
She spoke for twenty minutes about the political situation.

In conversation, you can refer to the thing someone is discussing as the thing they are talking about.

You know the book I'm talking about.
I think he was talking about behaviour in the classroom.

You can refer in a general way to what someone is saying as what they are talking about.

'I saw you at the concert.' – 'What are you talking about? I wasn't there!'

If two or more people are discussing something, you say they are talking about it. Don't say they 'are speaking about' it.

The men were talking about some medical problem.
Everybody will be talking about it at school tomorrow.
4. languages

You say that someone speaks or can speak a language.

They spoke fluent English.
How many languages can you speak?

You don't say that someone 'talks' a language.

Be Careful!
Don't use 'in' when you are talking about someone's ability to speak a language, and don't use a progressive form. Don't say, for example, 'She speaks in Dutch' or 'She is speaking Dutch' to mean that she is able to speak Dutch.

Be Careful!
If you hear some people talking, you can say 'Those people are speaking in Dutch' or 'Those people are talking in Dutch'.

She heard them talking in French.
They are speaking in Arabic.



If you make a speech or give a talk, you speak for a period of time to an audience, usually saying things which you have prepared in advance.

1. 'speech'

A speech is made on a formal occasion, for example at a dinner, wedding, or public meeting.

We listened to an excellent speech by the President.
Mr Macmillan presented the prizes and made a speech on the importance of education.
2. 'talk'

A talk is more informal, and is intended to give information.

Angus Wilson came here and gave a talk last week.
That's what you said in your talk this lunchtime.


Talk can be a verb or a noun.

1. used as a verb

When you talk, you say things.

Nancy's throat was so sore that she could not talk.

Don't use 'talk' to report what someone says. Don't say, for example, 'He talked that the taxi had arrived'. Say 'He said that the taxi had arrived'.

I said that I would like to teach English.

If you mention the person who is being spoken to, you use tell.

He told me that Sheldon would be arriving in a few days.
See say, tell

Don't confuse talk with speak.

2. used as a countable noun

If you give a talk, you speak for a period of time to an audience.

Colin Blakemore came here and gave a talk a couple of years ago.
3. used as an uncountable noun

If there is talk about something, people are discussing it.

There was a lot of talk about me getting married.
4. used as a plural noun

Talks are formal discussions intended to produce an agreement, usually between different countries or between employers and employees. People hold talks.

Government officials held talks with union leaders yesterday.
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Past participle: talked
Gerund: talking

I talk
you talk
he/she/it talks
we talk
you talk
they talk
I talked
you talked
he/she/it talked
we talked
you talked
they talked
Present Continuous
I am talking
you are talking
he/she/it is talking
we are talking
you are talking
they are talking
Present Perfect
I have talked
you have talked
he/she/it has talked
we have talked
you have talked
they have talked
Past Continuous
I was talking
you were talking
he/she/it was talking
we were talking
you were talking
they were talking
Past Perfect
I had talked
you had talked
he/she/it had talked
we had talked
you had talked
they had talked
I will talk
you will talk
he/she/it will talk
we will talk
you will talk
they will talk
Future Perfect
I will have talked
you will have talked
he/she/it will have talked
we will have talked
you will have talked
they will have talked
Future Continuous
I will be talking
you will be talking
he/she/it will be talking
we will be talking
you will be talking
they will be talking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been talking
you have been talking
he/she/it has been talking
we have been talking
you have been talking
they have been talking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been talking
you will have been talking
he/she/it will have been talking
we will have been talking
you will have been talking
they will have been talking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been talking
you had been talking
he/she/it had been talking
we had been talking
you had been talking
they had been talking
I would talk
you would talk
he/she/it would talk
we would talk
you would talk
they would talk
Past Conditional
I would have talked
you would have talked
he/she/it would have talked
we would have talked
you would have talked
they would have talked
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - an exchange of ideas via conversationtalk - an exchange of ideas via conversation; "let's have more work and less talk around here"
conversation - the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
pious platitude, cant - insincere talk about religion or morals
dialog, dialogue, duologue - a conversation between two persons
heart-to-heart - an intimate talk in private; "he took me aside for a little heart-to-heart"
shmooze - (Yiddish) a warm heart-to-heart talk
shop talk - talk about your business that only others in the same business can understand
idle words, jazz, malarkey, malarky, nothingness, wind - empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk; "that's a lot of wind"; "don't give me any of that jazz"
chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak, cackle - noisy talk - discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of'); "his poetry contains much talk about love and anger"
discussion, discourse, treatment - an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic; "the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic"; "his treatment of the race question is badly biased" - the act of giving a talk to an audience; "I attended an interesting talk on local history"
lecturing, lecture - teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)
chalk talk - a talk that uses a blackboard and chalk - a speech that is open to the publictalk - a speech that is open to the public; "he attended a lecture on telecommunications"
speech, address - the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets" - idle gossip or rumor; "there has been talk about you lately"
scuttlebutt, gossip, comment - a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people; "the divorce caused much gossip" - exchange thoughts; talk with; "We often talk business"; "Actions talk louder than words"
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
proceed, continue, carry on, go on - continue talking; "I know it's hard," he continued, "but there is no choice"; "carry on--pretend we are not in the room"
dissertate, hold forth, discourse - talk at length and formally about a topic; "The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century England"
pontificate - talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner; "The new professor always pontificates"
orate - talk pompously
talk down - speak in a condescending manner, as if to a child; "He talks down to her"
spiel - speak at great length (about something)
dogmatise, dogmatize - speak dogmatically
cheek - speak impudently to
level - talk frankly with; lay it on the line; "I have to level with you"
talk turkey - discuss frankly, often in a business context
converse, discourse - carry on a conversation
chat up, coquet, coquette, flirt, mash, philander, romance, dally, butterfly - talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions; "The guys always try to chat up the new secretaries"; "My husband never flirts with other women"
dish the dirt, gossip - wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies; "She won't dish the dirt"
rap - talk volubly - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
read - look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed; "The King will read the proclamation at noon"
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
phonate, vocalise, vocalize - utter speech sounds
troll - speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice
begin - begin to speak or say; "Now listen, friends," he began
lip off, shoot one's mouth off - speak spontaneously and without restraint; "She always shoots her mouth off and says things she later regrets"
shout - utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking); "My grandmother is hard of hearing--you'll have to shout"
whisper - speak softly; in a low voice
peep - speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice
speak up - speak louder; raise one's voice; "The audience asked the lecturer to please speak up"
snap, snarl - utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone; "The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer"; "The guard snarled at us"
enthuse - utter with enthusiasm
speak in tongues - speak unintelligibly in or as if in religious ecstasy; "The parishioners spoke in tongues"
swallow - utter indistinctly; "She swallowed the last words of her speech"
verbalise, verbalize - be verbose; "This lawyer verbalizes and is rather tedious"
whiff - utter with a puff of air; "whiff out a prayer"
talk of, talk about - discuss or mention; "They spoke of many things"
blubber out, blubber - utter while crying
drone on, drone - talk in a monotonous voice
stammer, stutter, bumble, falter - speak haltingly; "The speaker faltered when he saw his opponent enter the room"
rasp - utter in a grating voice
blunder out, blurt, blurt out, blunder - utter impulsively; "He blurted out the secret"; "He blundered his stupid ideas"
inflect, modulate, tone - vary the pitch of one's speech
deliver, present - deliver (a speech, oration, or idea); "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
generalise, generalize - speak or write in generalities
blabber, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle, gabble, gibber, blab, clack, maunder, chatter - speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
chatter - make noise as if chattering away; "The magpies were chattering in the trees"
rattle on, yack, yack away, yap away, jaw - talk incessantly and tiresomely
open up - talk freely and without inhibition
snivel, whine - talk in a tearful manner
murmur - speak softly or indistinctly; "She murmured softly to the baby in her arms"
mumble, mussitate, mutter, maunder - talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
slur - utter indistinctly
bark - speak in an unfriendly tone; "She barked into the dictaphone"
bay - utter in deep prolonged tones
jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spout - talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
siss, sizz, hiss, sibilate - express or utter with a hiss
cackle - talk or utter in a cackling manner; "The women cackled when they saw the movie star step out of the limousine"
babble - utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way; "The old man is only babbling--don't pay attention"
intone, tone, chant - utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically; "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"
gulp - utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly; "He gulped for help after choking on a big piece of meat"
sing - produce tones with the voice; "She was singing while she was cooking"; "My brother sings very well" - use language; "the baby talks already"; "the prisoner won't speak"; "they speak a strange dialect"
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
run on - talk or narrate at length
smatter - speak with spotty or superficial knowledge; "She smatters Russian"
slang - use slang or vulgar language - reveal information; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details"
babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, spill the beans, tattle, babble, talk, sing - divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks"
tell - let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late" - divulge confidential information or secretstalk - divulge confidential information or secrets; "Be careful--his secretary talks"
disclose, let on, divulge, expose, give away, let out, reveal, unwrap, discover, bring out, break - make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret; "The auction house would not disclose the price at which the van Gogh had sold"; "The actress won't reveal how old she is"; "bring out the truth"; "he broke the news to her"; "unwrap the evidence in the murder case"
talk, spill - reveal information; "If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!"; "The former employee spilled all the details"
keep one's mouth shut, keep quiet, shut one's mouth - refrain from divulging sensitive information; keep quiet about confidential information; "Don't tell him any secrets--he cannot keep his mouth shut!" - deliver a lecture or talk; "She will talk at Rutgers next week"; "Did you ever lecture at Harvard?"
preach, prophesy - deliver a sermon; "The minister is not preaching this Sunday"
instruct, teach, learn - impart skills or knowledge to; "I taught them French"; "He instructed me in building a boat"
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1. speak, chat, chatter, converse, communicate, rap (slang), articulate, witter (informal), gab (informal), express yourself, prattle, natter, shoot the breeze (U.S. slang), prate, run off at the mouth (slang) The boys all began to talk at once.
2. discuss, confer, hold discussions, negotiate, palaver, parley, confabulate, have a confab (informal), chew the rag or fat (slang) Let's talk about these new ideas of yours.
3. gossip, criticize, make remarks, tattle, dish the dirt (informal) People will talk, but you have to get on with your life.
4. inform, shop (slang, chiefly Brit.), grass (Brit. slang), sing (slang, chiefly U.S.), squeal (slang), squeak (informal), tell all, spill the beans (informal), give the game away, blab, let the cat out of the bag, reveal information, spill your guts (slang) They'll talk; they'll implicate me.
5. speak, speak in, communicate in, use, discourse in, converse in, express yourself in You don't sound like a foreigner talking English.
6. utter, say, express, spout, give voice to, verbalize, vocalize Come on; you're talking rubbish.
1. speech, lecture, presentation, report, address, seminar, discourse, sermon, symposium, dissertation, harangue, oration, disquisition The guide gave us a brief talk on the history of the site.
2. discussion, tête-à-tête, conference, dialogue, consultation, heart-to-heart, confabulation, confab (informal), powwow I think it's time we had a talk.
3. conversation, chat, natter, crack (Scot. & Irish), rap (slang), jaw (slang), chatter, craic (Irish informal), gab (informal), chitchat, blether, blather We had a long talk about her father.
4. gossip, rumour, hearsay, tittle-tattle There has been a lot of talk about me getting married.
5. language, words, speech, jargon, slang, dialect, lingo (informal), patois, argot children babbling on in baby talk
plural noun
1. meeting, conference, discussions, negotiations, congress, summit, mediation, arbitration, conciliation, conclave, palaver, parley Talks between strikers and government have broken down.
talk about or of something or someone mention, discuss, refer to, speak about, make reference to, make mention of, namecheck They didn't talk of meeting again.
talk back answer back, argue, be rude, be cheeky, be impertinent, disagree How dare you talk back like that!
talk big boast, exaggerate, brag, crow, vaunt, bluster, blow your own trumpet men who talk big and drive fast cars
talk down to someone condescend to, patronize, look down on, put down, look down your nose at, be snobbish to, speak condescendingly to She never talked down to her students.
talk someone into something persuade, convince, win someone over, sway, bring round (informal), sweet-talk someone into, prevail on or upon He talked me into marrying him.
talk someone out of something dissuade someone from, put someone off, discourage someone from, stop someone from, deter someone from, advise someone against, argue someone out of, persuade someone against, urge someone against She tried to talk me out of getting a divorce.
talk something or someone down
1. help to land, bring to land, give landing instructions to They began to talk the plane down over the radio.
2. criticize, belittle, disparage, knock (informal), pan (informal), diminish, put down (informal), denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, diss (slang, chiefly U.S.) They're tired of politicians talking the economy down.
"A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks" [Ben Jonson Discoveries]
"Fine words butter no parsnips"
"Talk is cheap"
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


1. To engage in spoken exchange:
Informal: confab, visit.
2. To direct speech to:
3. To express oneself in speech:
Idioms: open one's mouth, put in words, wag one's tongue.
4. To put into words:
Idiom: give tongue to.
5. To engage in or spread gossip:
6. To meet and exchange views to reach a decision:
Informal: powwow.
7. To give incriminating information about others, especially to the authorities:
inform, tattle, tip (off).
Informal: fink.
Slang: rat, sing, snitch, squeal, stool.
phrasal verb
talk back
To utter an impertinent rejoinder:
Informal: sass, sauce.
Idiom: give someone lip.
phrasal verb
talk down
To think, represent, or speak of as small or unimportant:
phrasal verb
talk into
To succeed in causing (a person) to act in a certain way:
phrasal verb
talk over
To speak together and exchange ideas and opinions about:
bandy (about), discuss, moot, thrash out (or over), thresh out (or over), toss around.
Informal: hash (over), kick around, knock about (or around).
Slang: rap.
phrasal verb
talk up
1. To increase or seek to increase the importance or reputation of by favorable publicity:
Informal: plug.
Slang: hype.
2. To make known vigorously the positive features of (a product):
Informal: pitch, plug.
Slang: push.
3. To utter an impertinent rejoinder:
Informal: sass, sauce.
Idiom: give someone lip.
1. Spoken exchange:
Informal: confab.
Slang: jaw.
2. The faculty, act, or product of speaking:
3. A usually formal oral communication to an audience:
4. The act or process of dealing with another to reach an agreement.Often used in plural:
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A. N
1. (= conversation) → conversación f, charla f, plática f (Mex)
I enjoyed our (little) talkdisfruté de nuestra (pequeña) conversación or charla
to have a talk (with sb)hablar (con algn), tener una conversación (con algn)
I think it's time we had a talkcreo que es hora de que hablemos (seriamente)
we had a long talk over supperhablamos largo y tendido durante la cena
2. (= lecture) → charla f
to give a talk (on sth)dar una charla (sobre algo)
3. talks (= negotiations) (gen) → conversaciones fpl, pláticas fpl (Mex); (with defined aim) → negociaciones fpl
the foreign secretary will be holding talks with his French counterpartel ministro de asuntos exteriores mantendrá conversaciones con su homólogo francés
4. (= rumours) → rumores mpl
there is some talk of his resigningse habla de or corren rumores sobre su posible dimisión
there's been a lot of talk about you twose ha hablado mucho de vosotros dosestán circulando muchos rumores acerca de vosotros dos
any talk of divorce is just wild speculationcualquier rumor acerca de un divorcio no es más que pura especulación
to be the talk of the townser la comidilla de la ciudad, estar en boca de todos
5. (= remarks) that's the kind of talk we could do withoutesos comentarios sobran
careless talk costs liveslas palabras dichas a la ligera cuestan vidas
see also small D
6. (= speech, language) → lenguaje m
children's talklenguaje m infantil or de niños
7. (= hot air) (pej) → palabrería f, cuento m
it's just talkes pura palabrería, es todo cuento
he'll never give up smoking, he's all talknunca va a dejar de fumar, mucho hablar pero luego nada or no es más que un cuentista
he's all talk and no action¿ése? ¡mucho ruido y pocas nueces!, habla mucho pero no hace nada
1. (= speak) → hablar
she can't talk yetaún no sabe hablar
can you talk a little more slowly?¿podría hablar un poquito más despacio?
a doll that can talkuna muñeca que habla
it's easy for you to talkpara ti es fácil hablar
he talks too muchhabla demasiado
she never stops talkingno deja or para de hablar
I wasn't talking about youno hablaba de ti
he doesn't know what he's talking aboutno sabe de qué habla
everyone's talking about himanda en boca de todos
it's the most talked-about film this yeares la película más comentada del año
we're talking about a potentially enormous loss hereestamos hablando de una pérdida potencialmente enorme
talk about rich! he's absolutely loaded¡vaya que si es rico! ¡está forrado!
talk about a stroke of luck!¡qué suerte!
to talk big (fig) → darse importancia, fanfarronear
"and she's so untidy around the house" - "you can talk! or look who's talking!"-y además, es tan desordenada en casamira quién habla! ormira quién fue a hablar!
now you're talking!¡así se habla!
talking of films, have you seen ...?hablando de películas, ¿has visto ...?
don't talk to your mother like that!¡no le hables así a tu madre!
I'm not talking to him any moreya no me hablo con él
the way you talk you'd think this was all my fault!¡oyéndote hablar cualquiera diría que toda la culpa es mía!
money talkspoderoso caballero es don dinero, el dinero todo lo puede
talk of the devil!¡hablando del rey de Roma...!
to talk through one's hatdecir tonterías
see also dirty B2
2. (= converse) → hablar, platicar (Mex) (to con) we talked all nightnos pasamos toda la noche hablando
I was only talking to her last weeksi justo estuve hablando con ella la semana pasada
stop talking!¡callaos!, ¡dejad de hablar!
she had no one to talk tono tenía con quién hablar
who were you talking to on the phone just now?¿con quién hablabas (por teléfono) ahora mismo?
were you talking to me?¿me hablas a mí?
to talk to o.s.hablar solo
to talk about sth/sbhablar de algo/algn
they talked about old timeshablaron de los viejos tiempos
I don't want to talk about itno quiero hablar de ello
the sort of person who talks at you rather than to youel tipo de persona que habla mucho pero no escucha nada
to get talkingponerse a hablar, entablar conversación
to keep sb talkingdar charla a algn para entretenerlo, entretener a algn hablando
it was easy to talk with herera fácil hablar con ella
3. (= have discussion) → hablar, hablar seriamente
we really need to talktenemos que hablar (seriamente)
the two sides need to sit down and talklas dos partes necesitan reunirse para hablar (seriamente)
GA and Fox Ltd might be talkingpuede que GA y Fox Ltd estén manteniendo negociaciones
to talk (to sb) about sthdiscutir algo (con algn)
the two companies are talking about a possible mergerlas dos empresas están discutiendo or negociando una posible fusión
4. (= gossip) → hablar (about de) people will talkla gente hablará or murmurará
5. (= lecture) → dar una charla, hablar (about, on de, sobre) he'll be talking on his life in Indiadará una charla sobre su vida en la India, hablará de or sobre su vida en la India
6. (= reveal information) → hablar
we have ways of making you talksabemos cómo hacerle hablar
1. (= speak) → hablar
they were talking Arabichablaban (en) árabe
we're talking big money hereestamos hablando de mucho dinero
she talked herself hoarsehabló tanto que se quedó afónica
to talk nonsense, talk rubbishdecir tonterías
to talk sensehablar con juicio or sensatez
to talk the hind legs off a donkeyhablar por los codos
2. (= discuss) → hablar de
we were talking politics/businesshablábamos de política/negocios
to talk shophablar del trabajo
3. (= persuade)
to talk sb into doing sthconvencer a algn de que haga algo
I was a fool to have let her talk me into itfui idiota por dejarle convencerme
ok! you've talked me into it¡vale! me has convencido
I talked myself into believing ityo solo me terminé convenciendo de que era cierto
to talk sb out of doing sthconvencer a algn de que no haga algo, disuadir a algn de que haga algo
we managed to talk him out of itconseguimos convencerle de que no lo hiciera, conseguimos disuadirle de que lo hiciera
he performed so badly in the interview he talked himself out of the jobhabló tan mal en la entrevista que consiguió que no le dieran el puesto
he managed to talk his way out of a prison sentencehabló de tal manera que no le condenaron a pena de cárcel
D. CPD talk radio Nradio f hablada
talk show N (Rad, TV) → programa m de entrevistas
talk back VI + ADV (gen) → replicar
this is where voters get the chance to talk backahora es cuando los votantes tienen la oportunidad de replicar; (rudely) how dare you talk back to me?¿cómo te atreves a replicarme or llevarme la contraria?
he's very good - he never talks backes muy bueno - no es nada respondón
talk down
A. VI + ADV to talk down to sbhablar con aires de superioridad a algn
1. (= help to land) [+ pilot] → dirigir por radio el aterrizaje a
2. (= dissuade from jumping) [+ suicidal person] → disuadir (para que no salte)
3. (esp Brit) (Fin) [+ currency, shares] → hacer bajar; (in deal) I talked him down another thousandhice que rebajara el precio otras mil libras
4. (= denigrate) → menospreciar
5. (= interrupt remorselessly) → hacer callar
talk on VI + ADVno parar de hablar
talk out VT + ADV
1. (= discuss thoroughly) to talk it/things outhablar detenidamente de ello/la situación
2. (Parl) to talk out a bill alargar el debate para que no dé tiempo a votar un proyecto de ley
talk over VT + ADV (= discuss) → hablar, discutir
let's talk it/things overvamos a hablarlo or discutirlo
to talk sth over with sbconsultar algo con algn
talk round VT + ADV to talk sb round (esp Brit) → llegar a convencer a algn
talk through
A. VT + ADV (= discuss) [+ plan, problem] → discutir detenidamente
B. VT + PREP (= explain) to talk sb through sthexplicar algo a algn
talk up
A. VI + ADV (US) (= speak frankly) → hablar claro or sin rodeos
1. (= exaggerate) → exagerar
2. (Fin) [+ economy] → inflar; [+ shares] → inflar la cotización de, inflar el valor de
3. (esp Brit) (in deal) to talk sb uphacer que algn mejore la oferta
try to talk him up to 50,000intenta que mejore su oferta a 50.000
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(= words) → propos mpl
That's not the kind of talk one usually hears from accountants → Ce n'est pas le genre de propos que l'on entend d'habitude de la bouche de comptables.
I will not have that kind of talk at the table! → Je ne supporterai pas ce genre de propos à table!
it's all talk (= hot air) → ce ne sont que des mots
(= rumour) there is talk that ... → le bruit court que ...
There is talk that the president may be deposed → Le bruit court que le président pourrait être déposé.
(= gossip) → racontars mpl
It's just talk → Ce ne sont que des racontars.
(= discussion) → conversation f
I had a talk with my Mum about it → J'ai eu une conversation avec ma mère à ce sujet.
I think it's time we had a talk → Je crois qu'il est temps que nous ayons une conversation.
(= interview) → entretien m
(= speech) → exposé m
a talk on sth → un exposé sur qch
to give a talk → faire un exposé
She gave a talk on rock climbing → Elle a fait un exposé sur la varappe.
(= speak) → parler
She can't talk yet → Elle ne sait pas encore parler.
They all began to talk at once → Ils ont commencé à parler tous à la fois.
(= converse) → parler
We talked for hours → Nous avons parlé pendant des heures.
to talk to sb → parler à qn
to talk with sb → parler à qn
to talk about sth → parler de qch
They talked about old times → Ils ont parlé du bon vieux temps.
talking of films, have you seen ... ? → en parlant de films, avez-vous vu ... ?
(= chatter) → bavarder
(= gossip) → jaser
People will talk → Les gens vont jaser.
to talk about sb → parler de qn
Everyone is talking about him → Tout le monde parle de lui.
(= hold formal discussions) → négocier
The two sides are prepared to sit down and talk
BUT Les deux parties sont prêts à s'asseoir à la table des négociations.
We're talking to them about opening an office in London
BUT Nous sommes en discussion avec eux pour l'ouverture d'un bureau. à Londres.
(= reveal information) → parler
He was interrogated but he refused to talk → On l'a interrogé mais il a refusé de parler.
(= speak) [+ language] → parler
(= discuss) [+ business, politics] → parler
Let's talk business → Parlons affaire.

We're talking megabucks → Il s'agit de sommes faramineuses.
to talk sense → tenir des propos sensés
to talk rubbish → dire des âneries
(= persuade) to talk sb into doing sth → persuader qn de faire qch
He talked me into marrying him → Il m'a persuadée de l'épouser.
to talk sb out of doing sth → persuader qn de ne pas faire qch talks
, talk round npl
(= formal discussions) → négociations fpl, pourparlers mpl
peace talks → pourparlers de paix
talk around
vt (= persuade) → persuader
He went to the house to try to talk her round → Il entra dans la maison pour essayer de la persuader.
talk down to
vt (= patronize) to talk down to sb → prendre qn de haut
talk over
vtdiscuter de
He's going to come over next week to talk it over → Il vient la semaine prochaine pour en discuter.
to talk things over with sb → en discuter avec qn
talk through
(= discuss) → discuter sérieusement
We have talked through this tricky problem → Nous avons discuté sérieusement de cet épineux problème.
to talk sth through with sb → discuter sérieusement de qch avec qn
(= explain) to talk sb through sth → expliquer qch à qn
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Gespräch nt (also Pol); (= conversation)Gespräch nt, → Unterhaltung f; (esp heart-to-heart) → Aussprache f; to have a talkein Gespräch führen/sich unterhalten/sich aussprechen (→ with sb about sth mit jdm über etw acc); could I have a talk with you?könnte ich Sie mal sprechen?; to hold or have talksGespräche führen; to have a friendly talk with somebodysich mit jdm nett unterhalten, mit jdm plaudern; (giving advice, warning) → mit jdm (mal) in aller Freundschaft reden; I have enjoyed our talkich habe mich gern mit Ihnen unterhalten; to meet for talkssich zu Gesprächen treffen
no pl (= talking)Reden nt, → Rederei f; (= rumour)Gerede nt; he’s all talker ist ein fürchterlicher Schwätzer; (and no action) → der führt bloß große Reden; there is some talk of his returninges heißt, er kommt zurück; there is too much talk of going on strike in this factoryin dieser Fabrik wird zu viel vom Streiken geredet; it’s the talk of the townes ist Stadtgespräch; she’s the talk of the townsie ist zum Stadtgespräch geworden
(= lecture)Vortrag m; to give a talkeinen Vortrag halten (→ on über +acc); a series of talkseine Vortragsreihe; her talk on the dangers …ihre (kurze) Rede über die Gefahren
(= speak)sprechen, reden (→ of von, about über +acc); (= have conversation)reden, sich unterhalten (→ of, about über +acc); (bird, doll, child)sprechen; to talk to or with somebodymit jdm sprechen or reden (→ about über +acc); (= converse also)sich mit jdm unterhalten (→ about über +acc); (= reprimand also)mit jdm ein ernstes Wort reden; could I talk to Mr Smith please?kann ich bitte Herrn Smith sprechen?; don’t talk silly! (inf)red keinen Stuss! (inf), → red nicht so blöd (daher)! (inf); it’s easy or all right for you to talk (inf)du hast gut reden (inf); don’t (you) talk to me like that!wie redest du denn mit mir?; who do you think you’re talking to?was meinst du denn, wen du vor dir hast?; that’s no way to talk to your parentsso redet man doch nicht mit seinen Eltern!; hey, that’s no way to talkhör mal, sag doch so was nicht!; he sat there without talkinger saß da und sagte kein Wort; talk to me!erzähl mir was!; to get/be talking to somebodymit jdm ins Gespräch kommen/im Gespräch sein; I’m not talking to you (= we’re on bad terms)mit dir spreche or rede ich nicht mehr; (= I mean somebody else)ich spreche nicht mit dir; he knows/doesn’t know what he’s talking abouter weiß (schon)/weiß (doch) nicht, wovon er spricht, er hat (davon) ziemlich Ahnung (inf)/(doch) überhaupt keine Ahnung; you can talk! (inf)du kannst gerade reden!; to keep somebody talkingjdn (mit einem Gespräch) hinhalten; to talk to oneselfSelbstgespräche führen; now you’re talking!das lässt sich schon eher hören!
(= mention)sprechen, reden; he’s been talking of going abroader hat davon gesprochen or geredet, dass er ins Ausland fahren will; talking of salaries/films …da or wo (inf)wir gerade von Gehältern/Filmen sprechen; talk about impertinence/rude/hot!so was von Frechheit/unverschämt/heiß! (inf)
(= chatter)reden, schwatzen; stop talking!sei/seid ruhig!
(= gossip)reden, klatschen; everyone was talking about themsie waren in aller Munde; (because of scandal also) → alle haben über sie geredet or geklatscht; to get oneself talked aboutvon sich reden machen; (because of scandal) → ins Gerede kommen
(= reveal secret)reden; the spy refused to talkder Spion schwieg beharrlich or weigerte sich zu reden; to make somebody talkjdn zum Reden bringen; OK, Kowalski, talk!O.K. or o.k., Kowalski, raus mit der Sprache! (inf)
we’re talking about at least £2,000/3 monthses geht um mindestens £ 2.000/3 Monate, wir müssen mit mindestens £ 2.000/3 Monaten rechnen; what sort of sum are we talking about?um welche Summe geht es?
(= speak) a language, slangsprechen; nonsensereden; talk sense!red keinen solchen Unsinn!; he simply wasn’t talking senseer hat bloß Unsinn geredet or verzapft (inf)
(= discuss) politics, cricket, businessreden über (+acc)or von, sich unterhalten über (+acc); we’re talking big money/serious crime etc here (inf)heir gehts um große Geld/um schlimme Verbrechen etc (inf); we have to talk business for a whilewir müssen mal kurz etwas Geschäftliches besprechen; then they got down to talking businessdann sind sie zum geschäftlichen Teil übergegangen; let’s talk businesskommen wir zur Sache; now you’re talking businessdas lässt sich schon eher hören ? shop
(= persuade) to talk somebody/oneself into doing somethingjdn überreden or jdn/sich dazu bringen, etw zu tun; (against better judgement) → jdm/sich einreden, dass man etw tut; he talked himself into believing she was unfaithfuler hat sich eingeredet, sie sei ihm nicht treu; to talk somebody out of something/doing somethingjdn von etw abbringen/davon abbringen, etw zu tun, jdm etw ausreden/jdm ausreden, etw zu tun
(= achieve by talking) he talked himself out of that jobdurch sein Reden hat er sich (dat)diese Stelle verscherzt; you won’t be able to talk your way out of thisjetzt können Sie sich nicht mehr herausreden; he talked himself out of troubleer redete sich (geschickt) heraus; he talked himself into this situationer hat sich selbst durch sein Reden in diese Lage gebracht; to talk somebody into a better humourjdn in eine bessere Laune bringen; to talk somebody out of his bad temperjdm die schlechte Laune vertreiben
to talk oneself hoarsesich heiser reden ? head


talk radio
nTalkradio nt
talk show
nTalkshow f
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1. n
a. (conversation) → conversazione f; (chat) → chiacchierata; (speech) → discorso; (interview) → discussione f talks npl (Pol) → colloqui mpl
I must have a talk with you → devo parlarti
b. (lecture) → conferenza
to give a talk → tenere una conferenza
he will give us a talk on ... → ci parlerà di...
to give a talk on the radio → parlare alla radio
c. (gossip) → dicerie fpl, chiacchiere fpl
the talk was all about the wedding → non si faceva che parlare del matrimonio
there has been a lot of talk about him → si è molto parlato di lui
she's the talk of the town → è sulla bocca di tutti
it's just talk → sono solo chiacchiere
2. vi (gen) → parlare; (discuss) → discutere; (chatter) → chiacchierare
to talk about → parlare di (converse) → discorrere or conversare di
to talk to/with sb about or of sth → parlare a/con qn di qc
to talk to o.s. → parlare da solo
try to keep him talking → cerca di farlo parlare
to get o.s. talked about → far parlare di sé
it's all right for you to talk! → parli bene tu!
look who's talking! → senti chi parla!, parli proprio tu!
now you're talking! → questo sì che è parlare!
he talks too much (talkative) → parla troppo (indiscreet) → non sa tenere la bocca chiusa
they are talking of going to Sicily → pensano di andare in Sicilia
who were you talking to? → con chi stavi parlando?
he knows what he's talking about → lui sì che se ne intende
talking of films, have you seen ...? → a proposito di film, hai visto...?
3. vt (a language, slang) → parlare
they were talking Arabic → parlavano arabo
to talk business → parlare di affari
to talk shop → parlare del lavoro or degli affari
to talk nonsense → dire stupidaggini
to talk sb into doing sth → persuadere or convincere qn a fare qc
to talk sb out of doing sth → dissuadere qn dal fare qc
talk back vi + adv to talk back (to sb)rispondere impertinentemente (a qn)
talk down
1. vi + adv to talk down to sbparlare a qn con condiscendenza
2. vt + adv to talk a plane (or pilot) downguidare l'atterraggio dalla torre di controllo
talk out vt + adv to talk things outmettere le cose in chiaro discutendone
talk over vt + advdiscutere
I'll have to talk it over with my wife → devo parlarne con mia moglie
talk round
1. vt + adv to talk sb roundconvincere qn
2. vi + prep (subject, problem) → girare intorno a
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(toːk) verb
1. to speak; to have a conversation or discussion. We talked about it for hours; My parrot can talk (= imitate human speech).
2. to gossip. You can't stay here – people will talk!
3. to talk about. They spent the whole time talking philosophy.
1. (sometimes in plural) a conversation or discussion. We had a long talk about it; The Prime Ministers met for talks on their countries' economic problems.
2. a lecture. The doctor gave us a talk on family health.
3. gossip. Her behaviour causes a lot of talk among the neighbours.
4. useless discussion; statements of things a person says he will do but which will never actually be done. There's too much talk and not enough action.
talkative (ˈtoːkətiv) adjective
talking a lot. a talkative person.
ˈtalking book noun
a book recorded on cassette or disc for blind people, for those with reading problems etc.
ˈtalking head noun
a TV personality.
ˈtalking-point noun
something to talk about; a subject, especially an interesting one. Football is the main talking-point in my family.
ˈtalk show noun
(American) a television or radio programme on which (usually famous) people talk to each other and are interviewed.
ˌtalking-ˈto noun
a talk given to someone in order to scold, criticize or blame them. I'll give that child a good talking-to when he gets home!
talk back (often with to)
to answer rudely. Don't talk back to me!
talk big
to talk as if one is very important; to boast. He's always talking big about his job.
talk down to
to speak to (someone) as if he/she is much less important, clever etc. Children dislike being talked down to.
talk (someone) into / out of (doing)
to persuade (someone) (not) to do (something). He talked me into changing my job.
talk over
to discuss. We talked over the whole idea.
talk round
1. to persuade. I managed to talk her round.
2. to talk about (something) for a long time without reaching the most important point. We talked round the question for hours.
talk sense/nonsense
to say sensible, or ridiculous, things. Don't talk nonsense; I do wish you would talk sense.
talk shop
to talk about one's work. We agreed not to talk shop at the party.
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كَلَام, يَتَكَلَّمُ hovor, mluvit snak, tale Gespräch, sprechen λόγια, μιλάω conversación, conversar, hablar puhe, puhua discussion, parler razgovarati, razgovor conversazione, parlare, 話す 강연, 말하다 praatje, praten snakk, snakke rozmawiać, rozmowa falar, palestra разговаривать, разговор prata, pratstund การแสดงปาฐกถา, พูดคุย konuşma, konuşmak bài nói chuyện, nói chuyện 交谈
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n. charla, plática;
vr. charlar, hablar, platicar.
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vi hablar
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References in classic literature ?
Th' minute she was gone he called me to him an' says, `I want Mary Lennox to come and talk to me, and remember you're not to tell any one.' You'd better go as quick as you can."
With a kind of wriggle, like a fish returned to the brook by the fisherman, Biddlebaum the silent began to talk, striving to put into words the ideas that had been accumulated by his mind during long years of silence.
Doan' talk to me 'bout Sollermun, Huck, I knows him by de back."
"Oh, we parrots can talk in two languages-- people's language and bird-language," said Polynesia proudly.
Nor did they talk like gentlemen, despite the fact that there was nothing offensive in their bearing and that the veneer of ordinary social nicety was theirs.
I have had half a dozen soldier fellows in already this morning to talk about it, and we're simply mad with curiosity.
No one on board, not even Harley and Villa, talked Nalasu's talk.
"I had no chance to talk with you, Prince, during the animated conversation in which that venerable gentleman involved me," he said with a mildly contemptuous smile, as if intimating by that smile that he and Prince Andrew understood the insignificance of the people with whom he had just been talking.
"Why," in a flash it came to me, "it's Rosalind!" and clean forgetting to be shy, or polite to my companion, I hastened across to her, to be greeted instantly in a manner so exclusively intimate that the little crowd about her presently spread itself among the other crowds, and we were left to talk alone.
"Don't get excited when you talk," Ruth admonished Martin, before the ordeal of introduction began.
"Come and talk to me instead of practising," and led the way to the sheltered side where the deck-chairs were stretched in the sun.
The lady that kept the books seemed to want so much to talk to me in English (for the sake of practice, too, I suppose), that I couldn't bear to let her know I didn't like it.