talk

When you open your mouth and say something, you talk. You tell someone something, or have a conversation, or exchange information. A speech can also be called a talk.

Talk is a word that’s always connected to speaking. In a movie, a hero being tortured by bad guys might be told that they will "make him talk," which means they want him to reveal secret info. Someone who is "the talk of the town" is being gossiped about by everyone. If someone says, "We need to talk," it often means they have bad news for you. Anytime people are conversing, chatting, or blabbing, they're talking.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: talk

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use language
discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of')
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reveal information
idle gossip or rumor
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deliver a lecture or talk
a speech that is open to the public
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: talk
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v use language

“the baby talks already”
Synonyms:
speak
Types:
run on
talk or narrate at length
smatter
speak with spotty or superficial knowledge
slang
use slang or vulgar language
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v express in speech

“She talks a lot of nonsense”
Synonyms:
mouth, speak, utter, verbalise, verbalize
verbalise, verbalize
be verbose
Types:
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read
look at, interpret, and say out loud something that is written or printed
phonate, vocalise, vocalize
utter speech sounds
troll
speak or recite rapidly or in a rolling voice
begin
begin to speak or say
lip off, shoot one's mouth off
speak spontaneously and without restraint
shout
utter in a loud voice; talk in a loud voice (usually denoting characteristic manner of speaking)
whisper
speak softly; in a low voice
peep
speak in a hesitant and high-pitched tone of voice
speak up
speak louder; raise one's voice
snap, snarl
utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone
enthuse
utter with enthusiasm
speak in tongues
speak unintelligibly in or as if in religious ecstasy
swallow
utter indistinctly
verbalise, verbalize
be verbose
whiff
utter with a puff of air
talk about, talk of
discuss or mention
blubber, blubber out
utter while crying
drone, drone on
talk in a monotonous voice
bumble, falter, stammer, stutter
speak haltingly
rasp
utter in a grating voice
blunder, blunder out, blurt, blurt out, ejaculate
utter impulsively
inflect, modulate, tone
vary the pitch of one's speech
deliver, present
deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
generalise, generalize
speak or write in generalities
blab, blabber, chatter, clack, gabble, gibber, maunder, palaver, piffle, prate, prattle, tattle, tittle-tattle, twaddle
speak (about unimportant matters) rapidly and incessantly
chatter
make noise as if chattering away
jaw, rattle on, yack, yack away, yap away
talk incessantly and tiresomely
open up
talk freely and without inhibition
snivel, whine
talk in a tearful manner
murmur
speak softly or indistinctly
maunder, mumble, mussitate, mutter
talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice
slur
utter indistinctly
bark
speak in an unfriendly tone
bay
utter in deep prolonged tones
jabber, mouth off, rabbit on, rant, rave, spout
talk in a noisy, excited, or declamatory manner
hiss, sibilate, siss, sizz
express or utter with a hiss
cackle
talk or utter in a cackling manner
babble
utter meaningless sounds, like a baby, or utter in an incoherent way
chant, intone, tone
utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically
gulp
utter or make a noise, as when swallowing too quickly
sing
produce tones with the voice
numerate
read out loud as words written numbers
dictate
say out loud for the purpose of recording
discuss, hash out, talk over
speak with others about (something); talk (something) over in detail; have a discussion
blaspheme
speak of in an irreverent or impious manner
coo
speak softly or lovingly
scream, yell
utter or declare in a very loud voice
holler, holler out
shout out
roar, thunder
utter words loudly and forcefully
rhapsodise, rhapsodize
say (something) with great enthusiasm
speechify
make speeches; hold forth, or harangue with a certain degree of formality
babble, blather, blether, blither, smatter
to talk foolishly
susurrate
issue soft noises
bawl, bellow
shout loudly and without restraint
place
sing a note with the correct pitch
troll
sing loudly and without inhibition
croon
sing softly
cantillate, chant, intonate, intone
recite with musical intonation; recite as a chant or a psalm
descant, warble, yodel
sing by changing register; sing by yodeling
quaver, trill, warble
sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
treble
sing treble
hum
sing with closed lips
call
read aloud to check for omissions or absentees
belt, belt out
sing loudly and forcefully
descant on
sing a descant on a main tune or melody
vocalise, vocalize
sing (each note a scale or in a melody) with the same vowel
harmonise, harmonize
sing or play in harmony
descant
sing in descant
sing along
sing with a choir or an orchestra
psalm
sing or celebrate in psalms
minstrel
celebrate by singing, in the style of minstrels
solmizate
sing using syllables like `do', `re' and `mi' to represent the tones of the scale
chirp, tweedle
sing in modulation
choir, chorus
sing in a choir
sing
deliver by singing
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

v exchange thoughts; talk with

“We often talk business”
“Actions talk louder than words”
Synonyms:
speak
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carry on, continue, go on, proceed
continue talking
discourse, dissertate, hold forth
talk at length and formally about a topic
pontificate
talk in a dogmatic and pompous manner
orate
talk pompously
talk down
speak in a condescending manner, as if to a child
spiel
speak at great length (about something)
dogmatise, dogmatize
speak dogmatically
cheek
speak impudently to
level
talk frankly with; lay it on the line
talk turkey
discuss frankly, often in a business context
monologuise, monologuize, soliloquise, soliloquize
talk to oneself
converse, discourse
carry on a conversation
butterfly, chat up, coquet, coquette, dally, flirt, mash, philander, romance
talk or behave amorously, without serious intentions
dish the dirt, gossip
wag one's tongue; speak about others and reveal secrets or intimacies
rap
talk volubly
argue, contend, debate, fence
have an argument about something
segue
proceed without interruption; in music or talk
interview, question
conduct an interview in television, newspaper, and radio reporting
interview
discuss formally with (somebody) for the purpose of an evaluation
interview
go for an interview in the hope of being hired
bloviate
orate verbosely and windily
wanton
engage in amorous play
vamp
act seductively with (someone)
chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze, visit
talk socially without exchanging too much information
bruit, rumor, rumour
tell or spread rumors
jog, ramble, ramble on
continue talking or writing in a desultory manner
Type of:
communicate, intercommunicate
transmit thoughts or feelings

n discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of')

“his poetry contains much talk about love and anger”
Type of:
discourse, discussion, treatment
an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic

n an exchange of ideas via conversation

“let's have more work and less talk around here”
Synonyms:
talking
Types:
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cant, pious platitude
insincere talk about religion or morals
dialog, dialogue, duologue
a conversation between two persons
heart-to-heart
an intimate talk in private
shmooze
(Yiddish) a warm heart-to-heart talk
shop talk
talk about your business that only others in the same business can understand
idle words, jazz, malarkey, malarky, nothingness, wind
empty rhetoric or insincere or exaggerated talk
cackle, chatter, yack, yak, yakety-yak
noisy talk
blether, chin music, idle talk, prate, prattle
idle or foolish and irrelevant talk
Type of:
conversation
the use of speech for informal exchange of views or ideas or information etc.
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v reveal information

“If you don't oblige me, I'll talk!”
Synonyms:
spill
babble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, tattle
divulge confidential information or secrets
Type of:
tell
let something be known

v divulge confidential information or secrets

“Be careful--his secretary talks
Synonyms:
babble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, tattle
spill
reveal information
Antonyms:
keep one's mouth shut, keep quiet, shut one's mouth
refrain from divulging sensitive information; keep quiet about confidential information
Type of:
break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap
make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

n idle gossip or rumor

“there has been talk about you lately”
Synonyms:
talk of the town
Type of:
comment, gossip, scuttlebutt
a report (often malicious) about the behavior of other people
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v deliver a lecture or talk

“She will talk at Rutgers next week”
Synonyms:
lecture
Types:
preach, prophesy
deliver a sermon
evangelise, evangelize
preach the gospel (to)
Type of:
instruct, learn, teach
impart skills or knowledge to

n a speech that is open to the public

Synonyms:
lecture, public lecture
Type of:
address, speech
the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience

n the act of giving a talk to an audience

“I attended an interesting talk on local history”
Types:
chalk talk
a talk that uses a blackboard and chalk
Type of:
lecture, lecturing
teaching by giving a discourse on some subject (typically to a class)
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