Verb (used without object)
to deliver a speech, lecture, etc.
to give or reveal confidential or incriminating information
Verb (used with object)
to use (a specified language or idiom) in speaking or conversing
Informal . (used only in progressive tenses) to focus on; signify or mean; talk about
a subject or occasion of talking, esp. of gossip
talk around, to bring (someone) over to one's way of thinking; persuade
- to talk to in a manner that indicates that a response is not expected or wanted.
- to direct remarks meant for one person to another person present; speak indirectly to.
talk back, to reply to a command, request, etc., in a rude or disrespectful manner
- to overwhelm by force of argument or by loud and persistent talking; subdue by talking.
- to speak disparagingly of; belittle.
- Also, talk in. to give instructions to by radio for a ground-controlled landing, esp. to a pilot who is unable to make a conventional landing because of snow, fog, etc.
- to talk until conversation is exhausted.
- to attempt to reach a settlement or understanding by discussion
- We arrived at a compromise by talking out the problem.
- British Politics . to thwart the passage of (a bill, motion, etc.) by prolonging discussion until the session of Parliament adjourns. Compare filibuster ( def. 5 ) .
- to weigh in conversation; consider; discuss.
- to cause (someone) to change an opinion; convince by talking
- He became an expert at talking people over to his views.
talk someone's head or ear off
- to bore or weary someone by excessive talk; talk incessantly
- All I wanted was a chance to read my book, but my seatmate talked my ear off.
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