If you land a role in a local play, you will probably have to memorize several lines of dialogue. If you disagree with how that play is being produced, you may want to open up a dialogue with the director.

Dialogue can refer to spoken lines in a dramatic performance such as a play, a film, or a television show. It is also any conversation between two or more people. On the written page, dialogue between characters is usually enclosed by quotation marks. When persons representing different political parties or different nations are said to engage in a dialogue, it means they are probably negotiating something of importance.

Definitions of dialogue

n a conversation between two persons

dialog, duologue
Type of:
talk, talking
an exchange of ideas via conversation

n a discussion intended to produce an agreement

“they disagreed but kept an open dialogue
negotiation, talks
Strategic Arms Limitation Talks
negotiations between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics opened in 1969 in Helsinki designed to limit both countries' stock of nuclear weapons
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a negotiation between enemies
diplomacy, diplomatic negotiations
negotiation between nations
the negotiation of the terms of a transaction or agreement
collective bargaining
negotiation between an employer and trade union
horse trading
negotiation accompanied by mutual concessions and shrewd bargaining
a negotiation to resolve differences that is conducted by some impartial party
plea bargain, plea bargaining
(criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge
dollar diplomacy
diplomacy influenced by economic considerations
gunboat diplomacy, power politics
diplomacy in which the nations threaten to use force in order to obtain their objectives
the explicit and formal acknowledgement of a government or of the national independence of a country
shuttle diplomacy
international negotiations conducted by a mediator who frequently flies back and forth between the negotiating parties
haggle, haggling, wrangle, wrangling
an instance of intense argument (as in bargaining)
a refusal by a negotiator to come to terms in the hope of obtaining a better deal
(law) the hearing and determination of a dispute by an impartial referee agreed to by both parties (often used to settle disputes between labor and management)
any of various forms of mediation whereby disputes may be settled short of arbitration
mediation by an umpire
Type of:
discussion, give-and-take, word
an exchange of views on some topic

n the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction

a part of the script in which the speaking roles are limited to two actors
Type of:
book, playscript, script
a written version of a play or other dramatic composition; used in preparing for a performance

n a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people

“he has read Plato's Dialogues in the original Greek”
Type of:
literary composition, literary work
imaginative or creative writing

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