talk - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a conversation with someone
    have a talk (with someone):

    We had a nice talk yesterday.

    1. a.


      [plural] discussions between important people from opposing sides designed to help them agree about an issue
      talk with:

      He visited Egypt in March for talks with the president.

      talk between:

      the outcome of talks between the government and the rebels

      talk on:

      preliminary talks on the future of the steel industry

      have/hold talks:

      The management will be holding informal talks with union officials.

      a round/session of talks:

      the need for a fresh round of peace talks

      talks break down/collapse:

      Talks broke down last week over the issue of overtime pay.

      talks resume/reopen:

      The trade talks will resume next month.

  2. 2
    [countable] an informal lecture about a subject
    give/deliver a talk (on something):

    Williams gave a talk on his travels in Nepal.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] ordinary conversations between people

    I sat there listening to the sailors’ talk.

    talk of:

    Talk of housework bored her.

    the talk turns to something (=the conversation begins to be about something):

    Then the talk turned to the upcoming exam.

    1. a.
      conversations and discussions about what may happen
      talk of:

      There was no talk of any cuts in wages.

      talk about:

      There is a lot of talk about welfare reform.

      hear talk:

      We hear talk nowadays about being good Europeans.

    2. b.
      the activity of talking, especially when you think it does not achieve anything

      Most radio stations need less talk and more music.

      be all/just talk:

      She appears to be an expert on men, but it’s all talk!

      despite/for all someone’s talk:

      For all the government’s talk, it does nothing to improve housing conditions.

    3. c.
      discussion of other people’s private lives

      At first there was a lot of talk, but people soon lost interest.

    4. d.
      a style of talking used by a particular group of people

      girl/boy talk

      youngsters using up-to-the-minute street talk (=a fashionable way of talking)