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verb [intransitive] chat pronunciation in American English /tʃæt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theychat
he/she/itchats
present participlechatting
past tensechatted
past participlechatted
  1. 1

    chat

    or

    chat away

    to talk in a friendly way

    The doctor chatted away as she examined my hand.

    chat with:

    She laughed and chatted happily with the other women.

    chat about:

    They sat waiting, chatting about nothing in particular.

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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