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Informal   an enthusiastic talk designed to increase confidence, production, cooperation, etc.  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
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    intr; 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    you can talk  
Informal   you don't have to worry about doing a particular thing yourself  
16    you can or can't talk  
Informal   you yourself are guilty of offending in the very matter you are upholding or decrying  
17    a speech or lecture  
a talk on ancient Rome     
18    an exchange of ideas or thoughts  
a business talk with a colleague     
19    idle chatter, gossip, or rumour  
there has been a lot of talk about you two     
20    a subject of conversation; theme  
our talk was of war     
21    often pl   a conference, discussion, or negotiation  
talks about a settlement     
22    a specific manner of speaking  
children's talk        (See also)        talk about       talk at       talk back       talk down       talk into       talk out       talk round       talk through       talk up  
     (C13 talkien to talk; related to Old English talu tale, Frisian talken to talk)  
  talkable      adj  
  talkability      n  
  talker      n  

baby talk  
1    the speech of very young children learning to talk  
2    an adult's imitation of this  
chalk and talk  
Sometimes derogatory   a formal method of teaching, in which the focal points are the blackboard and the teacher's voice, as contrasted with more informal child-centred activities  
chalk talk  
      n     (U.S. and Canadian)   an informal lecture with pertinent points, explanatory diagrams, etc., shown on a blackboard  
double talk  
1    rapid speech with a mixture of nonsense syllables and real words; gibberish  
2    empty, deceptive, or ambiguous talk, esp. by politicians  
fast talk   Slang  
1    fervent, deceptive patter  
2    to influence (a person) by means of such patter  
old talk     (Caribbean)  
1    superficial chatting  
2    intr   to indulge in such chatting  
pep talk  
Informal   an enthusiastic talk designed to increase confidence, production, cooperation, etc.  
pillow talk  
      n   intimate conversation in bed  
small talk  
      n   light conversation for social occasions  
sweet-talk   Informal  
1    to coax, flatter, or cajole (someone)  
  sweet talk  
2    cajolery; coaxing  
table talk  
      n   informal conversation on a range of topics, as that at table during and after a meal  
talk about  
      vb   intr, prep  
1    to discuss  
2    used informally and often ironically to add emphasis to a statement  
all his plays have such ridiculous plots — talk about good drama!     
3    know what one is talking about   to have thorough or specialized knowledge  
talk at  
      vb   intr, prep   to speak to (a person) in a way that indicates a response is not really wanted  
I wish he'd talk to me rather than at me     
talk back  
      vb   intr, adv  
1    to answer boldly or impudently  
2      (N.Z.)   to conduct a telephone dialogue for immediate transmission over the air  
3      (Television, radio)   a system of telephone links enabling spoken directions to be given during the production of a programme  
4      (N.Z.)  
a    a broadcast telephone dialogue  
b    (as modifier)  
a talkback show     
talk down  
      vb   adv  
1    intr; often foll by: to   to behave (towards) in a superior or haughty manner  
2    tr   to override (a person or argument) by continuous or loud talking  
3    tr   to give instructions to (an aircraft) by radio to enable it to land  
talk into  
      vb   tr, prep   to persuade to by talking  
I talked him into buying the house     
talk out  
      vb   adv  
1    tr   to resolve or eliminate by talking  
they talked out their differences     
2    tr     (Brit)   to block (a bill, etc.) in a legislative body by lengthy discussion  
3    talk out of   to dissuade from by talking  
she was talked out of marriage     
talk round  
1    tr, adv     (Also)    talk over   to persuade to one's opinion  
I talked him round to buying a car     
2    intr, prep   to discuss the arguments relating to (a subject), esp. without coming to a conclusion  
to talk round the problem of the human condition     
3    intr, prep   to discuss (a subject) vaguely without considering basic facts  
they talked round the idea of moving house quite forgetting they hadn't enough money     
talk show  
      n      another name for       chat show  
talk through  
      vb   tr  
1    adv   to discuss (a problem or situation) in detail  
2    prep   to explain to (a person) all the stages of a process  
ask a friend to talk you through the exercise     
talk up  
      vb   tr, adv   to speak of or discuss favourably in order to arouse interest or support  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    articulate, chat, chatter, communicate, converse, crack     (Scot. & Irish)   express oneself, gab     (informal)   give voice to, gossip, natter, prate, prattle, rap     (slang)   run off at the mouth     (slang)   say, shoot the breeze     (U.S. slang)   speak, spout, utter, verbalize, witter     (informal)  
2    chew the rag or fat     (slang)   confabulate, confer, have a confab     (informal)   hold discussions, negotiate, palaver, parley  
3    blab, crack, give the game away, grass     (Brit. slang)   inform, let the cat out of the bag, reveal information, shop     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   sing     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   spill one's guts     (slang)   spill the beans     (informal)   squeak     (informal)   squeal     (slang)   tell all  
4    address, discourse, disquisition, dissertation, harangue, lecture, oration, sermon, speech  
5    blather, blether, chat, chatter, chitchat, conversation, crack     (Scot. & Irish)   gab     (informal)   gossip, hearsay, jaw     (slang)   natter, rap     (slang)   rumour, tittle-tattle  
6    colloquy, conclave, confab     (informal)   confabulation, conference, congress, consultation, dialogue, discussion, meeting, negotiation, palaver, parley, seminar, symposium  
7    argot, dialect, jargon, language, lingo     (informal)   patois, slang, speech, words  

sweet-talk        (informal)  
beguile, blandish, cajole, chat up, coax, dupe, entice, flatter, inveigle, manoeuvre, mislead, palaver, persuade, seduce, soft-soap     (informal)   tempt, wheedle  
talk big     
blow one's own trumpet, bluster, boast, brag, crow, exaggerate, vaunt  
talk into     
bring round     (informal)   convince, persuade, prevail on or upon, sway, win over  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
talk to you later
Shortening of Talk To You Soon
utter a soliloquy ; talk to oneself
talk incessantly ; be very talkative/voluble ; be a chatterbox
[UK] [informal] Ex: When it comes to Pink Floyd, his all-time favorite band, he can talk the hind legs off a donkey!
someone who talks too much
[Australia] ; [NZ]
there is something really obvious that no one talks about
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