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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theytalk down
he/she/ittalks down
present participletalking down
past tensetalked down
past participletalked down

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  1. 1
    talk someone down informal to persuade someone to lower the price of something
    talk down to:

    He wanted five thousand dollars, but I talked him down to four.

  2. 3
    talk someone/something down to use a radio to explain to someone who is flying an airplane how to land it

    When the pilot died, a passenger was left to be talked down by a flying instructor.

  3. 4
    talk someone/something down to talk about someone or something in a way that makes people think they are not as good as they really are

    I don’t like to hear people talking this country down.

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