1 Sometimes, talk in. speak (in), use, communicate in, converse in, express (oneself) in, discourse in:
If you talk English I might understand.
2 confer, consult, parley, have a (little) talk, (have a) chat, confabulate, Colloq confab, Slang US rap:
I think we ought to talk before you decide which offer to accept.
3 chatter, prate, prattle, jabber, blather or blether, gibber, jibber-jabber, cackle, babble, patter, rattle on, go on, Brit natter, witter, rabbit on, Colloq gab, Slang gas, jaw, US run off at the mouth:
They talk continuously, mostly about nothing.
4 chat, gossip, palaver, Slang chew the fat or the rag, shoot the breeze, US chin, schmooze, rap, have a bull session, bat the breeze, shoot the bull:
We were just sitting around talking when Tom suggested we go for a swim.
5 inform, confess, give the game away, blab, Colloq come clean, Slang rat, squeal, sing, spill the beans, Brit grass:
If they give him the third degree, you can be sure he'll talk.
6 speak, give or deliver a speech or a talk or an address, lecture:
I believe that Professor Hale is talking at the County Library tonight.
7 talk about or over or of. discuss, confer about or on, parley about:
I don't want to talk about football all the time. Can't we talk it over? She talks only of you.
8 talk big. boast, brag, vaunt, crow, bluster, exaggerate, blow or toot (one's) own horn:
He was never in the war - he just talks big.
9 talk down.
(a) depreciate, deprecate, denigrate, disparage, belittle, minimize, diminish, criticize, Colloq knock, pan, put down:
It's the only thing he's ever done, and you shouldn't talk it down.
(b) Usually, talk down to. condescend to, patronize:
I resent your talking down to me in that way.
10 talk into. convince, bring round, sway, persuade:
We have been trying to talk him into running in the marathon.
11 talk over. discuss:
We talked over the best way to prepare the advertising proposal.
12 talk to or with. speak to or with, communicate with, converse with:
Since the episode with the monkey, she refuses to talk to me. I talked with him yesterday.
13 talk up. promote, support, sponsor, advertise, publicize, push, Colloq plug, hype, ballyhoo:
She has been talking up the book on her radio show.
14 oration, lecture, address, presentation, speech, discourse, report, disquisition, dissertation; sermon; harangue, tirade, Colloq spiel:
Claire delivered a talk on computational linguistics. Every week we have to listen to the same talk about sin.
15 conversation, conference, discussion, meeting, consultation, dialogue, colloquy, parley, palaver, chat, tête-à-tête, confabulation, Colloq confab, powwow, Slang chin-wag, head-to-head, US one-on-one, rap session:
We must have a little talk about your school report.
16 subject or topic of conversation or gossip or rumour:
Her behaviour at the wedding was the talk of the town for weeks.
17 gossip, rumour, hearsay, information, news, report, Colloq info, Slang dope:
There is some talk that you might be leaving.
18 palaver, gossip, claptrap, prattle, prattling, chatter, verbiage, cackle, bunk, nonsense, rubbish, balderdash, poppycock, hot air, stuff and nonsense, twaddle, Colloq malarkey, piffle, hooey, hokum, bunkum, bosh, hogwash, horse feathers, Slang bilge(-water), crap, bull, tripe, Brit tosh, balls, US apple-sauce, Taboo Slang horseshit, bullshit:
That's just a lot of talk.
19 dialect, speech, way or manner of speaking, façon de parler, language, jargon, argot, cant, patois, accent, Colloq lingo:
Can you understand musicians' talk? My parents' talk is peppered with words long obsolete in standard English.
1 a conversation
long, quiet, serious
I will have to have a little talk with that young lady (= tell her that I disapprove of sth).
| heart-to-heart, intimate
VERB + TALK
TALK + NOUN
I enjoyed our talk about the old days.
| ~ with
I need to have a heart-to-heart talk with her.
(to exchange/make) small talk
(= to talk politely about unimportant things)He was never very good at making small talk with her parents.
There was excited talk of emigrating to America.
| ridiculous, wild
There is ridiculous talk of her breaking the world record soon.
| careless, dangerous, idle, loose | fighting, tough | straight
She likes straight talk and hates hypocrites.
The president's true agenda was hidden in political double talk.
| dirty, filthy | cheap, easy, empty, mere
The chairman's boasts about future profits was just cheap talk.
| fine, grand
(ironic) What all the fine talk came down to was hard cash.
I never used baby talk to my little girl.
the pillow talk of lovers
TALK + VERB
turn to sth
Talk turned to money and tempers began to fray.
All this talk of the president resigning is nonsense!
be just talk
‘You think it's just talk?’ ‘No, I think it's true.’
| for all the talk of sth
For all the talk of bringing their children up the same, the boys ended up never doing any of the cooking.
3 (also talks) discussions between official groups
lengthy | high-level, top-level | informal | formal, official | private, secret | open | direct, face-to-face | wide-ranging | all-party, bilateral, inter-party, joint, multilateral, round-table, trilateral, tripartite | fresh, further | fruitless, inconclusive | crisis, emergency, urgent | exploratory, preliminary | constitutional, political | arms, pay, peace, trade
A further round of talks is expected in March.
VERB + TALK
conduct, have, hold
The two governments held secret talks on the nuclear threat.
| broker, host | attend, enter | initiate, open | break off, pull out of, walk out of
The union has broken off talks with the management.
| cancel, suspend | reopen, resume
TALK + VERB
Talks were scheduled for Rome the following month.
| take place
The peace talks will take place in Cairo.
| begin, open, start | end | resume | be aimed at sth, be designed to
the latest round of talks aimed at ending the civil war
| centre on sth, concentrate on sth, cover sth, deal with sth, focus on sth
The talks centred on bilateral trade.
| produce sth
Talks produced agreement on an end to the occupation.
| be deadlocked, break down, collapse, fail, founder, stall
The talks remain deadlocked over spending plans. The talks foundered on the issue of compensation.
The agreement was concluded during talks in Beijing.
| in ~
He is currently in talks with two football clubs.
| ~ about/on/over
holding talks over the political future of the province
| ~ between
the failure of talks between the two communities
| ~ with
The delegation arrived for talks with their government.
entertaining, informative, interesting | introductory | pep, sales, team | radio
VERB + TALK
give | attend, go to
TALK + VERB
be entitled sth
She gave a very entertaining talk entitled ‘My life and hard times’.
Did you go to the talk on Peru?
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