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English noun: talk

1. talk (communication) an exchange of ideas via conversation


SamplesLet's have more work and less talk around here.


Synonymstalking


Broader (hypernym)conversation


Narrower (hyponym)cackle, cant, chatter, dialog, dialogue, duologue, heart-to-heart, idle words, jazz, malarkey, malarky, nothingness, pious platitude, shmooze, shop talk, wind, yack, yak, yakety-yak

2. talk (communication) discussion; (`talk about' is a less formal alternative for `discussion of')


SamplesHis poetry contains much talk about love and anger.


Broader (hypernym)discourse, discussion, treatment

3. talk (act) the act of giving a talk to an audience


SamplesI attended an interesting talk on local history.


Broader (hypernym)lecture, lecturing


Narrower (hyponym)chalk talk

4. talk (communication) a speech that is open to the public


SamplesHe attended a lecture on telecommunications.


Synonymslecture, public lecture


Broader (hypernym)address, speech

5. talk (communication) idle gossip or rumor


SamplesThere has been talk about you lately.


Synonymstalk of the town


Broader (hypernym)comment, gossip, scuttlebutt


English verb: talk

1. talk (communication) exchange thoughts; talk with


SamplesWe often talk business.
Actions talk louder than words.


ExamplesSam and Sue talk


Synonymsspeak


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP.
Somebody ----s to somebody


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)butterfly, carry on, chat up, cheek, continue, converse, coquet, coquette, dally, discourse, discourse, dish the dirt, dissertate, dogmatise, dogmatize, flirt, go on, gossip, hold forth, level, mash, monologuise, monologuize, orate, philander, pontificate, proceed, rap, romance, soliloquise, soliloquize, spiel, talk down, talk turkey

2. talk (communication) express in speech


SamplesShe talks a lot of nonsense.
This depressed patient does not verbalize.


Synonymsmouth, speak, utter, verbalise, verbalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)babble, bark, bay, begin, blab, blabber, blubber, blubber out, blunder, blunder out, blurt, blurt out, bumble, cackle, chant, chatter, chatter, clack, deliver, drone, drone on, ejaculate, enthuse, falter, gabble, generalise, generalize, gibber, gulp, hiss, inflect, intone, jabber, jaw, lip off, maunder, maunder, modulate, mouth off, mumble, murmur, mussitate, mutter, open up, palaver, peep, phonate, piffle, prate, prattle, present, rabbit on, rant, rasp, rattle on, rave, read, shoot one's mouth off, shout, sibilate, sing, siss, sizz, slur, snap, snarl, snivel, speak in tongues, speak up, spout, stammer, stutter, swallow, talk about, talk of, tattle, tittle-tattle, tone, tone, troll, twaddle, verbalise, verbalize, vocalise, vocalize, whiff, whine, whisper, yack, yack away, yap away


Verb groupverbalise, verbalize

3. talk (communication) use language


SamplesThe baby talks already.
The prisoner won't speak.
They speak a strange dialect.


ExamplesSam and Sue talk


Synonymsspeak


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)communicate, intercommunicate


Narrower (hyponym)run on, slang, smatter

4. talk (communication) reveal information


SamplesIf you don't oblige me, I'll talk!.
The former employee spilled all the details.


Synonymsspill


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)tell


Verb groupbabble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, talk, tattle

5. talk (communication) divulge confidential information or secrets


SamplesBe careful--his secretary talks.


Synonymsbabble, babble out, blab, blab out, let the cat out of the bag, peach, sing, spill the beans, tattle


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap


Verb groupspill, talk


Antonymskeep one's mouth shut, keep quiet, shut one's mouth

6. talk (communication) deliver a lecture or talk


SamplesShe will talk at Rutgers next week.
Did you ever lecture at Harvard?.


ExamplesSam and Sue talk


Synonymslecture


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Something ----s to somebody.
Somebody ----s on something


Broader (hypernym)instruct, learn, teach


Narrower (hyponym)preach, prophesy









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