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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theytalk down to
he/she/ittalks down to
present participletalking down to
past tensetalked down to
past participletalked down to
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  1. talk down to someone to talk to someone as if you think they are not as intelligent or important as you are

    Try not to talk down to your employees.

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