talks; talked; talking
talks; talked; talking
Learner's definition of TALK
1 a : to say words in order to express your thoughts, feelings, opinions, etc., to someone
— often + to— often + about
She never talks at the meetings.
He did most of the talking during dinner.
He loves to hear himself talk.
[+ object] b [no object] : to have a conversation or discussion with someone
— often + to
We need to talk.
I can't talk right now. I'm running late.
They were talking in Spanish.
We talked on the phone until midnight.
Both sides in the dispute are now willing to talk.
— often + with— often + about
They talked to each other in a whisper.
Who were you talking to on the phone?
I could hear her talking to herself as she studied.
c [+ object] : to have a conversation about (something)
You might feel better if you talked to someone about your problems.
The teacher talked with him about his poor grades.
When they get together, all they do is talk about sports.
They are in the conference room talking business.
They were talking baseball/politics.
They like to talk shop [=to talk about work] during lunch.
2 [no object] : to use your voice to say words
She had laryngitis and couldn't talk.
I can't understand you. You're talking too fast.
No talking during the performance, please!
Would you please stop talking. I'm trying to watch the movie.
She talks very loud.
He is teaching the parrot to talk.
She started talking when she was only eight months old.
3 [no object] : to be willing to talk to someone after having an argument, disagreement, fight, etc., with that person— always used as (be) talking 4 [no object] : to talk about the personal lives of other people
It's rude to talk [=gossip] about people behind their back(s).
If you continue behaving like that, people are bound to talk.
5 [no object] : to tell secret information to someone 6 [no object] : to give information without speaking: to communicate with signs, numbers, etc.
They were talking to each other in sign language.
When she gets excited, she talks with her hands. [=she moves her hands when she talks]
The computer is talking to the printer.
7 always followed by an adverb or preposition, [+ object] : to talk until (someone or something) is in a specified state
He talked himself hoarse. [=he talked so much that his voice became hoarse]
She talked herself into a corner. [=she put herself in a bad position by talking too much]
We talked the night away. [=we talked throughout the night]
8 [no object] : to criticize someone
◊ This sense of talk is often used in phrases like look who's talking, you're one to talk, and you should talk to say that someone should not criticize another person because he or she has the same faults as that other person.
9 [+ object], informal — used to describe or suggest the size or amount of something— always used as (be) talking
To fix the car, you're talking at least $500. [=it will cost at least $500 to fix the car]
The heat was awful. I'm talking 100-degree weather and no air-conditioning.
know what you are talking about
now you're talkinginformal
— used to say that someone has said or suggested something that you think is good, worth doing, etc.
◊ The phrase what are you talking about? can be used to show that you are confused, worried, upset, etc., about something that someone has just said.
2 informal — used to emphasize the size, amount, or extent of something
Talk about rain! I've never seen it rain like this in my entire life!
Talk about having a bad day. I had the worst day ever!
Talk about short. She's only four feet tall!
— see also 1talk 1a, b (above)
talk a good gameinformal
: to say things that make people believe that you can do something or that something is true about you even though it is not true
They talk a good game, but they're not really ready for the championship.
She talks a good game about protecting the environment, but she doesn't even recycle.
talk around[phrasal verb]also chiefly Britishtalk round
1 talk around/round (something) : to avoid talking about (a particular subject) especially because it is difficult, unpleasant, or embarrassing 2 talk (someone) around/round : to cause (someone) to accept and support something (such as an idea) after opposing it— often + to
talk at[phrasal verb]informal
talk at (someone)
: to speak to (someone) without listening to what he or she says to you in reply
talk back[phrasal verb]
: to answer (someone) in a rude way that does not show proper respect— often + to
talk down[phrasal verb]
1 talk down to (someone) : to talk to (someone) in an overly simple way which suggests that he or she is not intelligent
talk down (something or someone) or talk (something or someone) down
2 a : to describe (something or someone) as unimportant b : to cause (the price of something) to be lower by talking to someone: to convince (someone) to lower the price of something 3 talk (someone) down : to convince (someone who is standing on a high place and threatening to jump) to come down and not to commit suicide— sometimes used figuratively
talk into[phrasal verb]
talk (someone) into (something)
: to get (someone) to do something by talking about the good reasons for doing it: to convince or persuade (someone) to do something
talk nineteen to the dozenBritish, informal
: to speak rapidly and without stopping
talk of[phrasal verb]
talk of (someone or something)
: to speak or write about (someone or something): to mention (a subject) in speech or writing
It was the first time she talked of going to law school.
She never talks of [=talks about, speaks of] her suffering during the war.
In the letter, he talked of feeling ill.
(Brit) Talking of [=speaking of] Jill, where is she?
talk out[phrasal verb]
talk out (something) or talk (something) out
: to talk about (something) in order to find a solution
talk out of[phrasal verb]
1 talk (someone) out of (something) : to prevent (someone) from doing (something) by talking about the good reasons for not doing it: to persuade or convince (someone) not to do (something) 2 talk (yourself) out of (something) or talk your way out of (something) : to avoid (something unpleasant or undesirable) by saying things to make other people forgive or excuse you
talk over[phrasal verb]
talk (something) over or talk over (something)
: to discuss (something) with someone in order to make a decision or reach an agreement— usually + with
talk someone's ear offUS, informal
: to talk to someone for a very long period of time
talk (some) sense into/to
talk the hind leg(s) off a donkeyBritish, informal
: to talk for a long time
talk the talk
: to say that you will do things
Sure, she talks the talk, but can she walk the walk? [=she says that she will do things, but will she actually do them?]
talk through[phrasal verb]
1 talk (someone) through (something) : to help (someone) understand or do something by explaining its steps in a careful way 2 talk (something) through : to discuss (something) with someone in order to make a decision or reach an agreement 3 informal + old-fashioned
◊ If you are talking through your hat, you are saying incorrect, foolish, or illogical things.
: to say that you will act in a forceful and aggressive way— often + on
talk up[phrasal verb]
talk up (someone or something) or talk (someone or something) up
: to describe (someone or something) in a favorable way
Learner's definition of TALK
1 [count] : an occurrence in which one person talks about something with another person: a conversation or discussion— often + about— often + with 2 [count] : the act of talking formally about something before a group of people: a speech or lecture— often + on 3 [count] : a formal discussion between two or more groups that are trying to reach an agreement about something— usually plural 4 [noncount] : a particular way of speaking
I will not allow that kind of talk in my house.
The movie has plenty of action and tough talk.
street talk [=a way of speaking that is associated with people who live in a poor part of a city]
straight talk [=speech that is very honest and direct]
5 a : discussion about what might happen b : the act of talking about a subject with another person or group: discussion or conversation 6 [noncount] : the things people say about what they want to do or are going to do
It's not just talk. I'm serious about moving out.
If we're ever going to solve these problems, we need less talk and more action.
The town's last mayor was all talk (and no action). [=the mayor talked about doing things but never actually did them]
Talk is cheap. [=it is easy to say that you will do something] I need to see results.
the talk of the town
: a person or thing that many people in a town, city, etc., are talking about in an interested or excited way
Last year at this time no one had ever heard of him, but now he's the talk of the town.
The new restaurant is the talk of the town.