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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.


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


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


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.


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


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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