• (RP) IPA: /tɔːk/, /toːk/
  • (America) IPA: /tɔk/
    • (, ) IPA: /tɑk/, /täːk/
  • (AU, New Zealand) IPA: /toːk/

talk (talks, present participle talking; past and past participle talked)

  1. (intransitive) To communicate, usually by means of speech.
    • c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene iii]:
      I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so following, but I will not eat with you.
    • 2016, [ VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Let’s go to my office and talk. ― I like to talk with you, Ms. Weaver.
    Let's sit down and talk.
    Although I don't speak Chinese I managed to talk with the villagers using signs and gestures.
  2. (transitive, informal) To discuss; to talk about.
    They sat down to talk business.
    That's enough about work, let's talk holidays!
  3. (transitive) To speak (a certain language).
    We talk French sometimes.
  4. (transitive, informal, chiefly used in progressive tenses) Used to emphasise the importance, size, complexity etc. of the thing mentioned.
    Are you interested in the job? They're talking big money.
    We're not talking rocket science here: it should be easy.
  5. (intransitive, slang) To confess, especially implicating others.
    Suppose he talks?
    She can be relied upon not to talk.
    They tried to make me talk.
  6. (intransitive) To criticize someone for something of which one is guilty oneself.
    I am not the one to talk.
    She is a fine one to talk.
    You should talk.
    Look who's talking.
  7. (intransitive) To gossip; to create scandal.
    People will talk.
    Aren't you afraid the neighbours will talk?
  8. (informal, chiefly used in progressive tenses) To influence someone to express something, especially a particular stance or viewpoint or in a particular manner.
    You're only sticking up for her because you like her; that's your penis talking.
    That's not like you at all, Jared. The drugs are talking. Snap out of it!