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verb     talk pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participletalking
past tensetalked
past participletalked
  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 these days.

    talk to:

    You kids never talk to me (=discuss anything important with me).

    keep talking:

    Officials agreed Monday to keep talking despite the latest crisis.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to discuss a subject
      talk politics/sports/religion etc.:

      He spoiled the evening by talking politics all the time.

      talk tactics:

      OK, that’s our goal. Now let’s talk actual tactics.

      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 people’s private lives

      You can’t stay here – the neighbors 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. 5
    [transitive] to achieve something by talking
  6. 6
    [intransitive] if a machine talks to another machine, it sends information to that machine

    The software enables the two computers to talk.

  7. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    talk a good game to say things that make people believe that one can do something or that something is true about oneself even though it is not true

    She talks a good game about protecting the environment, but she doesn't even recycle.

    Submitted by simplicissimus from Romania on 27/11/2016
  8. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    talk big to brag; to make grandiose statements

    She talks big but can't produce anything.

    I don't believe he's ever shot even a duck, but he sure talks big about hunting.

    Submitted by simplicissimus from Romania on 27/11/2016
  9. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    talk bobbins informal to speak a lot of nonsense

    Yes Tracy and you always tell me I'm talking bobbins.

    Submitted by James Strangward from United Kingdom on 21/04/2014
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