dialogue

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
  1. noun
    a conversation between two persons
    synonyms: dialog, duologue
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    type of:
    talk, talking
    an exchange of ideas via conversation
  2. noun
    a discussion intended to produce an agreement
    “they disagreed but kept an open dialogue
    synonyms: negotiation, talks
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    examples:
    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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    parley
    a negotiation between enemies
    diplomacy, diplomatic negotiations
    negotiation between nations
    bargaining
    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
    mediation
    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
    recognition
    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)
    holdout
    a refusal by a negotiator to come to terms in the hope of obtaining a better deal
    arbitration
    (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)
    conciliation
    any of various forms of mediation whereby disputes may be settled short of arbitration
    umpirage
    mediation by an umpire
    type of:
    discussion, give-and-take, word
    an exchange of views on some topic
  3. noun
    the lines spoken by characters in drama or fiction
    synonyms: dialog
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    types:
    duologue
    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
  4. noun
    a literary composition in the form of a conversation between two people
    “he has read Plato's Dialogues in the original Greek”
    synonyms: dialog
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    type of:
    literary composition, literary work
    imaginative or creative writing
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