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verb talk pronunciation in British English /tɔːk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletalking
past tensetalked
past participletalked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to use words to communicate
    Can their baby talk yet?
    Am I talking too much?
    1. a.
      to have a conversation with other people
      They were all talking and laughing together.
      talk to: I need to talk to you.
      talk with: Everyone was busily talking with their friends.
      talk about: We were talking about you just last night.
    2. b.
      if a bird talks, it produces sounds like words
      I’ve taught my parrot to talk.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to discuss a problem, especially to avoid arguments or fighting
    You and I need to talk.
    My wife and I aren’t talking at the moment.
    talk to: You kids never talk to me (=discuss anything important with me).
    keep talking: Officials agreed on Monday to keep talking despite the latest crisis.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to discuss a subject
      talk politics/sports/religion etc: He spoilt the evening by talking politics all the time.
      talking of something (=used after a subject has been mentioned in a conversation to introduce a discussion of it): Oh yes, talking of Harry, have you seen him recently?
    2. b.
      [intransitive] to discuss other peoples private lives
      You can’t stay here – the neighbours would talk.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to give a lecture on a subject
    talk on/about: In the hall a woman was talking on diet and health.
  4. 4
    [intransitive] to give information that someone thinks should be secret
    Do you think the prisoners will talk?
  5. 6
    [intransitive] if a machine talks to another machine, it sends information to that machine
    The software enables the two computers to talk.


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