talk


talk
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noun
1 a conversation
ADJECTIVE
brief, little (often ironic), short

I will have to have a little talk with that young lady (= tell her that I disapprove of sth).

good, long, serious
heart-to-heart
VERB + TALK
have
TALK + NOUN
show (esp. AmE)
radio (esp. AmE)
PREPOSITION
talk about

I enjoyed our talk about the old days.

talk with

I need to have a heart-to-heart talk with her.

2 talking
ADJECTIVE
excited

There was excited talk of emigrating to America.

crazy (esp. AmE), wild

There is wild talk of her breaking the world record soon.

careless (esp. BrE), idle, loose
fighting (BrE), tough
war

The US authorities have increased the war talk.

straight

She likes straight talk and hates hypocrites.

double

The president's true agenda was hidden in political double talk.

open

There is open talk of a leadership challenge.

public

There has been much public talk about bilingual education.

dirty

the crusade against dirty talk on TV

trash (= a way of talking intended to insult sb and make them feel less confident) (AmE, informal)
sweet (= trying to persuade sb to do sth by praising them and telling them things they like to hear)
cheap, empty, mere

The chairman's boasts about future profits were just cheap talk.

big, fancy (esp. AmE), fine (ironic)

What all the fine talk came down to was hard cash.

baby

I never used baby talk to my little girl.

girl

We can have some girl talk until Joe gets here.

pillow

the pillow talk of lovers

shop

Don't you get enough shop talk at work?

VERB + TALK
hear

You often hear talk of the north-south divide.

TALK + VERB
turn to sth

Talk turned to money and tempers began to fray.

PREPOSITION
talk about/of

All this talk of the boss resigning is nonsense!

PHRASES
be all talk

He's all talk. He's too scared to do anything.

be just talk

‘You think it's just talk?’ ‘No, I think it's true.’

for all the talk of sth

For all their talk of equality, the boys ended up not doing any cooking.

(to exchange/make) small talk (= to talk politely about unimportant things)

He was never very good at making small talk with her parents.

3 (also talks) discussions between official groups
ADJECTIVE
lengthy (esp. BrE)
high-level, top-level
informal
formal, official
private, secret
direct, face-to-face
wide-ranging
all-party (BrE), etc.

all-party talks in Northern Ireland

bilateral, multilateral, round-table (esp. BrE)
global (esp. AmE)
fresh (esp. BrE), further
crisis, emergency, urgent (all esp. BrE)
exploratory (esp. BrE), preliminary
political
arms (esp. BrE), peace
merger, pay (BrE), trade
… OF TALKS
round

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
begin, initiate, open, start
continue
break off, pull out of, walk out of

The union has broken off talks with the management.

cancel, end, suspend
reopen, restart, resume
TALK + VERB
be scheduled

Talks were scheduled for Rome the following month.

take place

The peace talks will take place in Cairo.

begin, open (esp. BrE), start
end
continue, go on
resume
be aimed at sth, be designed to (esp. BrE)

the latest round of talks aimed at ending the civil war

centre/center 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 (esp. BrE), break down, collapse, fail, founder (esp. BrE), stall (esp. BrE)

The talks remain deadlocked over spending plans.

The talks foundered on the issue of compensation.

PREPOSITION
during talk

The agreement was concluded during talks in Beijing.

in talk

He is currently in talks with two football clubs.

talk about, talk on, talk over

Talks are being held over the political future of the province.

talk between

the failure of talks between the two communities

talk with

The delegation arrived for talks with their government.

4 lecture
ADJECTIVE
entertaining (esp. BrE), informative (esp. BrE), interesting
introductory (esp. BrE)
brief, short
chalk (AmE), motivational, pep, team (esp. BrE)
radio, television, TV
illustrated (BrE)

She gave an illustrated talk on Roman architecture.

VERB + TALK
deliver, give, present
begin
end

Let me end my talk with a prediction.

attend, go to
TALK + VERB
be entitled sth, be titled sth (esp. AmE)

She gave a very entertaining talk entitled ‘My life and hard times’.

PREPOSITION
talk about, talk on

Did you go to the talk on Peru?

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verb
ADVERB
loudly
quietly, softly
at length
constantly, continuously, endlessly, incessantly, non-stop
briefly
candidly, freely, openly

She talked quite freely about her work.

privately, publicly
exclusively

Bruce Springsteen has agreed to talk exclusively to our reporter about his life.

directly

I think you'd better talk directly to my manager.

animatedly, enthusiastically, excitedly
specifically
vaguely

He had talked vaguely of going to work in Japan.

casually
politely
earnestly, seriously

a group of students talking earnestly

sensibly

Let's talk sensibly about this.

wildly
VERB + TALK
be able to, can

I can't talk about it just now.

need to, want to

I need to talk to you.

begin to
be easy to

He was so easy to talk to.

be difficult to, be hard to
hear sb, listen to sb, overhear sb

I loved to hear him talk about the old days.

make sb

The police questioned him for four hours, trying to make him talk.

let sb

Just shut up and let me talk for a minute.

PREPOSITION
about

All they talk about is clothes.

of (formal)

We often talked of the war.

Talking of Joe, I met his new boyfriend last week. (BrE)

to

I'll talk to Mario this afternoon.

with

I've talked with him on the telephone.

PHRASES
start talking, stop talking
talk a good game (AmE)

The senior managers talk a good game about customer relations (= they say the right things), but really they don't care about the customer.

talk the talk (esp. AmE)

You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk (= can you do what you say)?

Talk is used with these nouns as the object: ↑business, ↑nonsense, ↑politics, ↑rubbish, ↑sense, ↑trash, ↑way

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Talk to Me — may refer to:In television and film: * Talk to Me (1996 film), a television film starring Yasmine Bleeth and Ricky Paull Goldin. * Talk to Me (2007 film), a film starring Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor * Talk to Me (TV series), a British drama… …   Wikipedia

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  • Talk — Talk, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Talked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Talking}.] [Cf. LG. talk talk, gabble, Prov. G. talken to speak indistinctly; or OD. tolken to interpret, MHG. tolkan to interpret, to tell, to speak indistinctly, Dan. tolke to interpret, Sw.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Talk — Talk, v. t. 1. To speak freely; to use for conversing or communicating; as, to talk French. [1913 Webster] 2. To deliver in talking; to speak; to utter; to make a subject of conversation; as, to talk nonsense; to talk politics. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Talk — Talk, n. 1. The act of talking; especially, familiar converse; mutual discourse; that which is uttered, especially in familiar conversation, or the mutual converse of two or more. [1913 Webster] In various talk the instructive hours they passed.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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