Definition for TALK

TALK, v.i. [tauk; Dan. tolker; Sw. tolka, to interpret, translate, explain; D. tolken. id.; Russ. tolkuyu, id. This is probably the same word differently applied. The word is formed from tell. See Tell, for the Danish and Swedish.]

  1. To converse familiarly; to speak, as in familiar discourse, when two or more persons interchange thoughts. I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you; but I will not eat with you. Shak. In ├Žsop's time / When all things talk'd, and talk'd in rhyme. Trumbull. I will come down and talk with thee. Numb. xi. Did not our hearts burn within us, while he talked with us by the way? Luke xxiv.
  2. To prate; to speak impertinently. Milton.
  3. To talk of, to relate; to tell; to give account. Authors talk of the wonderful remains of Palmyra. The natural histories of Switzerland talk much of the fall of these rocks, and the great damage done. Addison. So shall I talk of thy wondrous works. Ps. cxix.
  4. To speak; to reason; to confer. Let me talk with thee of thy judgments. Jer. xii. To talk to, in familiar language, to advise or exhort; or to reprove gently. I will talk to my son respecting his conduct.

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